A Poem for religious nutcases and atheists.
The picture is just so pretty, that I want to be there.
I am not a poet. I am just a grown up kid.
I have been trying to teach some teenagers about evangelizing. Neither they nor I like it much. Evangelizing door to door is weird. Carrying around a book is a little strange. Using words to convince someone about faith is down right idiocy.
So this morning while writing up my sermon. Something happened that was evangelical. It was a culmination of what I have been preaching and yet it was done by a 3 year old and his mum.
Before the dawn
Up before the dawn for prayer and meditation
Up before the world starts it's incessant negotiations
In the still of the morn I can think without sequestration
I can concentrate on loving kind ministrations
Before loud noise before even birds sing
I can determine what the day will bring
I choose love and kindness to be this day
I choose each person I meet to make it their day
But as the sun reached into our sky
I heard a noise that nearly made me cry
It was just a small squeak at first
But into giggling it soon burst
I could sense exactly what was going on
Just after the crack of dawn
My boy and his mom were waking up
But tickling and giggling like the had a new pup
Oh how I wanted to intervene
To be a part of this loving scene.
But instead I stood outside the room
not wanting this moment to meet its doom
But oh how I wished I could be a part
Of that love fest that had a start
So I opened the door to see them there
And acted like I was going to swear
Of course more laughter and silly laughs
For they know that the daddy loves the daft
On this day I know my lesson plan
Who wants to hang with a serious man?
You see not words or form will ever attract
You have to give them what they lack
Everyone needs to be happy
So that is evangelism for this pappy
I will smile and grin and happiness begin
And others will follow regardless of sin
For if we lead with a kind and happy heart
Others will follow from the start
Kind of fun huh?
Reading, studying and proclaiming truths is cool I suppose for some folk. As for me, I got one religion -- love. I met a really cool Hindi man the other day that was covered in love. I saw an atheist who was raising the most adorable little girl.
I am convicted and committed to spread the great joys in my life. In other's lives that are hard and heavy burdened I must take their pain as my own, and must give them my joy for them to own.
This is evangelism. And I shall teach it and preach to my own today.