HOUSES OF WORSHIP

In the Light of Day

by | Aug 6, 2018 | Houses of Worship

In a culture that seems bent on the need to label each other I offer the following poem:

In the Light of Day
(A poem about our apparent need to label each other
based on the story in Genesis 2: 18- 3:11)

In the light of day
faces reflect a
kind of brightness
that was meant
to be
in the beginning

But too soon shadows
appeared and darkness
revealed a creeping
sadness that
continues
even now

The Earth Being was
given the power
to name all
that was
but
names became labels

So now we reap the whirlwind
of our efforts to
control others by
putting them again
in the shadows
with our words

So east of Eden having
chosen the lesser way
we continue
our naming-
Gay – Straight
Legal – Illegal
White – Black
Right – Wrong
Me – Other

Ah but in the light of day
we are none of
those labels
We are crafted dust

Dr. Jody Seymour

Jody Seymour retired after serving Davidson United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor for 13 years and being a pastor for forty-six years in the Western North Carolina Conference. He is the author of six books and resides just outside of Davidson with his wife, Betsy.

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