What If I Just Pulled Myself Out of the Game?

Whoah. Now here’s a thought:
What if I just pulled myself out of the game?
No one’s forcing me to play, after all.
I have a choice to participate in the shame and blame,
or let that ball fall, and not get pulled into the brawl.

Remember what Jesus said to those
who wanted to stone that woman?
“He that is without sin among you,
let him first cast a stone at her.”
And then he stooped down
and wrote on the ground
as the shamers went away one by one
until there were none.

They had wanted him to play in their game,
but he had more important things to do
with his time here – heal the deaf, blind, the lame,
and establish a new way of living – a true
way of caring for each other and our world.

He showed us how to love.
-Karen Molenaar Terrell

Better Things to Do Than Mock

To paraphrase the very first Psalm:
“Blessed is the man that sitteth not
in the seat of those that mock.
But his delight
is in doing what is right;
and on Love’s law doth
he meditate day and night.”

We have better things to do
than engage in talk
with those who mock.
-Karen Molenaar Terrell