Every time a denomination
Breaks over justice issues:
Like slavery, racism,
women in ministry, abortion rights,
And the personhood of LGBTQIA siblings
That you are crying big tears—
Tears that say
“Jerusalem O Jerusalem
I long to snuggle you under my wings—
Unified and beloved—
And peck to death any who threaten you”
Just kidding Jesus I added that last part,
Based on what mother hens actually do.
But I also think God,
As violent words, weapons, wars and rhetoric
Batters our souls—because after all bad theology kills
You crucified Christ know that better than anyone.
—I think about how you took bread
Among your beloved
You took bread
And said “This is my Body Broken—
Broken for you”
Jesus, today your Body feels broken;
Bless it we pray
Bless this Broken Bread
Bless our crumbs
Teach us Belovedness
How to be a resurrection people
In the midst of brokenness
Scarred and real
So we can say together
We are Christ’s Body
Teach us this
Feel free to use/adapt/share with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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One thought on “Broken, A Prayer”
Thanks for the seriousness and the frivolity in the same poem! Love this/hate this.