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Lent, Day 27

My Greek teacher in seminary was incredibly fond of reminding us that we are called by God to "bear one another's burdens."  She gets it from Paul, of course, but it was reminder that through the trials of Greek, we needed to care for and support one another.  I'm pretty sure she didn't intend it to be an instruction that ended when Greek school was over though, but a way we should journey through life as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ.  This poem reminded me of some of those same themes.

Shoulders by Naomi Shihab Nye
 A man crosses the street in rain,
 stepping gently, looking two times north and south,
because his son is asleep on his shoulder.

 No car must splash him.
 No car drive too near to his shadow.

 This man carries the world's most sensitive cargo
but he's not marked.
 Nowhere does his jacket say

 His ear fills up with breathing.
He hears the hum of a boy's dream deep inside him.

We're not going to be able to live in this world
 if we're not willing to do what he's doing with one another.

 The road will only be wide.
The rain will never stop falling.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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