Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph
That’s what my mother-in-law says
and that’s where I am at,
when I hear the reactions to the the forgiveness of debts.
Because, I know exactly who your God is
when I hear how you feel
What kind of God, do you believe in
When a sliver of grace, is too much for you?
What does it mean, when you think every single person
Should earn their place?
What does that mean when all three of my kids have disabilities
No I do not want to hear “I didn’t mean you”
What does that mean for my friends who have debt
but no degree
The people who I know who are $100,000 in debt
born and raised in NYC, for whom this will not make a dent
for public service workers, for whom this will ease all the burdens?
And the hope that the new rules will actually, ACTUALLY help
God, you know the verse in Ezra where the sounds of joy could not be discerned from the cries of mourning when the temple is rebuilt? (I googled it it’s Ezra 3:13)
God, we need more,
Thank you God for the sliver of grace it is.
God thank you for what is being rebuilt;
God help us to tear down and rebuild even more
for teachers, students and those who need even more help today
God, forgive us our debts;
God we are are all Ezra today.
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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.
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