THE WRITTEN WORD
So, it seems that someone out there is not happy with Jesus. One or many drove by this statue of Jesus in front of a church and threw red paint all over his welcoming stance. What they did not know is that his arms were spread for them. He knows the color red. He does not have to be reminded. Long ago those who “did not like him” colored him red with hate.
Jesus simply will not learn. He keeps his arms open for all, especially those who want to get rid of him or throw anger at him. When will he ever learn?
Members of the church spent hours cleaning him up. They washed away the sins of others. They must have learned that lesson from the one whose arms remain outstretched.
Jesus now has a fresh coat of paint; white as snow. Whoever it was who tried to stain him needs to know he understands stains. Maybe the painters will now drive by and hear Jesus say, “Bring it on. I am always here for you.”
So here’s my poem about all this:
As if it was needed-
a fresh reminder of
Doused with the red
This time a drive by crucifixion-
no nails just Sherman Williams
Jesus, again painted with
left over pain
There he stands bearing it all
as if the first time
was not enough
But alas there is too little paint
to cover the cause
There never will be
So he continues to open his arms
to those who love
and despise him
Seems he will never learn….
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.