Friday, May 11, 2018


After I John 2:28-3:10

We assume an identity,
we put it on not unlike clothes,
but it is skin. It doesn’t fit
very well, it makes us
uncomfortable and we stand out
in a crowd like we’re dressed
badly or overweight or we haven’t
had a bath and people see us
and pass by quickly, averting
their gaze because we are
different and the want to be
the same and not different. If
you are different you will be
disliked, you will be objectified,
you will be hated. If you continue
and deepen your difference they
will not only turn away or avert
their gaze but occasionally
lash out and strike with the purpose
of inflicting pain and proclaiming
they are not you. Assuming this
going in doesn’t make it easier
but it does make it
and tells you
for whom to pray.

Photograph by Janko Ferlic via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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