• advent journal: passive resistance

    by  • December 20, 2017 • advent journal, language, love, poetry • 3 Comments

    passive resistance

    more mornings than not I find myself
    wishing there was no passive voice.
    I lose patience with a world where
    things are said, bills are passed,
    mistakes are made, women are harassed,
    damage is done, and lives are lost,
    as though the mistakes make themselves,
    the violence happens without perpetrators,
    and the shootings without killers—
    (apologies were made).
    the grammar of grace calls us
    to be the subject of our sentences
    and know that someone is on the
    receiving end, to speak in a voice
    other than cowardice, to live a life
    predicated on something other than
    deflection and defensiveness.
    what good is it to say you are loved?
    trust can’t thrive in anonymity
    let me be clear: I love you—
    there’s nothing passive about it.



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    3 Responses to advent journal: passive resistance

    1. Grace
      December 21, 2017 at 2:20 am

      I love this one.

    2. Bob Tigelaar
      December 21, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Thank you SO much for this straightforward but profound articulation of our collective call to active responsibility!

    3. December 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm


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