Still Small Voice 7: Where is my church?

Submitted by SCM on Monday, February 7, 2011 - 12:41
in Prayer

Welcome to the 'Still Small Voice' blog series, a round up of blogs sharing approaches to prayer, suggesting ideas and thinking about how prayer and contemplation relates to action.

Lizzie Gawen posted this poem called 'Where is my church?' on her blog. It offers a moving reflection on our current political context, as well as being a challenging call to action!

Read on...

As the class gap widens, the money belt tightens,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

When all love is forgotten, as the city goes rotten,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

Women’s rights fall back, as the fist goes smack,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

Big Society celebrated, as the voluntary sector is decimated,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

Entertained by compassion, justice gone out of fashion,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

‘It’s our time’ they say, as apathy takes it away,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

Rejoicing poverty, as more believers they foresee,

The people cry out ‘where is my church?’

Closed eyes to suffering lives, homelessness and greater divide,

Prideful glances at unemployed lines, guilt free as you ‘worked hard all your life’,

All the while I still here the cries, while the hope is lost and the spirit dies,

‘Oh where, Oh where. Was the church?’

You can find Lizzie's blog here.

You can find the other blogs in the Still Small Voice series here:

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