For a change of pace I wanted to share with you some spoken word poetry I created for our church service a couple weeks ago. Hope you find it thoughtful and encouraging.
Adam and Eve in the garden
Knew each other completely
All was laid bare before one other
But then…they listened to the wrong voice
They chose independence
They chose to know good and evil
And the very first thing they did after
Hide their nakedness
Hide from each other
Hide from God
We are still hiding
We spend an evening with fifty
Yet feel alone
We talk for hours
Without saying anything
We know each other’s activities
But not our hearts
We stay busy, rushing, stressed
So we don’t remember our loneliness
Our hearts cry out to be real
Even as we work to keep the perfect image in place
We hide who we are from the scrutiny of the world
Yet holler for attention with every action we take
We crave, desire, and need
That which scares us most
To be known
To be understood
To be accepted
To be loved
For all the hidden, messy parts of ourselves
We long to return to where we started
Safe from the knowledge of our own nakedness
We cannot go back
But we can go home
Home to the heart of God
Where we are fully known
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.*
To you be all praise, O Lord! May we be known by your perfect love!