Guns don’t spell peace
Just like White Supremacy can’t define Jesus
And Transphobia doesn’t protect families–but breaks them
And making abortion illegal, never, ever prevents abortions
How can we humans be so confused
as to take the truth and completely
so that somehow we make Christianity about power
and Church about politics?
Sometimes I think about this and I think,
only us humans are silly enough to mess up
messages as simple and easy as:
Love and serve one another
or the last shall be first.
Yet here we are God,
Tangling Truths around our Tongues,
Tricking ourselves, with comforting lies.
Ignoring the whisper of the Holy Spirit that says:
Nothing can separate you from the Love of God
You can never be replaced.*
I hope you have some truth for us today, God.
Some clear, cool and collected truth,
gathered into the waters of baptism–
spilling into our hearts and souls.
Because we need your truth.
Help us to tell ourselves the truth
Amen. Feel Free to share/adapt/use with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta
*replacement theory is a dangerous white supremacist theory that white Americans are being replaced usually by Jewish and Black People and it promotes violence and terrorism against said “replacement” races and religions. It is dehumanizing, bigoted, wrong and as stated a terrorist training ground. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/15/us/replacement-theory-shooting-tucker-carlson.html
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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