pharisees (hands)

what do your hands do
besides point?

yes
they pray

but do they sow
seed?

do they sew
bandages?

do they break
bread
for mouths
not your own?

do your hands
teach

do your hands
heal?

keep your fingers
busy with the business
of the church

with your politics
and condemnation

but do not point to them
those women

whose hands are busy
not just their fingers

doing the business of God

whose hands are so full
they cannot stop to point
and simply do

***this one has been cooking for a few months

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I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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25 Responses to pharisees (hands)

  1. Holly Michael says:

    Lovely!

  2. boomiebol says:

    Reminds me of a line in an amazing song…very well written

  3. Pawan Hira says:

    Amazingly questioned. Love it, Susan.

  4. mimijk says:

    On its face it reminds me of the current feud (of which I admittedly know little) between the Catholic Church and its sisters and lay women who have been practicing the word of God while others have stood to preach.

  5. Patricia Chenayi Nyandoro says:

    Oh my Gosh! Chicky chicky are we today my dear lovery lass? Gospel pharisees I assume! Very Clever , very clever ! You are good! Very good.

  6. Rhonda says:

    Boy do I have a tale of a wayward Sister-type. Another time…but hell to the yeah sfam.

  7. Love this. Maybe I could work it into a future post, with link back to you?

    • Absolutely, Georgia. This has been stewing for a month or two–since the story came out, so maybe three months (?) Whatever the case, your post was the timer that let me know to take it out of the oven :)

  8. The message is clear. Well written, Susan.

  9. nelle says:

    Nothing to do but smile. :-)

  10. Deborah Avila says:

    even the Angels bowed at this! Reverence ! Blessings sweet gal.~ Deb

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