Echoes

June 3, 2013 

when

storms

tragedies

of all

kinds

strike

how

quickly

many

theorists

of

the divine

rush

to defend

their

god

oh

dont

blame

god

it is

not

gods

fault

things

work

out

for

the best

this is

a test

of some

emergency

alert

system

our god

is so

good

find

a scapegoat

to accuse

is it

the calling

of these

religionists

to protect

god

and from

what

such

arrogance

where is

the authentic

pastoral

advocate

for human

creatures

who dares

to stand

in the gap

speak

on behalf

of those

suffering

frightened

confused

and with

naked

vulnerable

compassion

exclaim

it is said

you

shaped

all this

and we

are but

breath

full

dust

well

at the

moment

it seems

like

a hell

of a way

to run

a creation

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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