To Be Known

Spoken Word Poetry & Prayer

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

And God

But then…they listened to the wrong voice

They chose independence

They chose to know good and evil

They chose

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

Perfectly known

Nothing hidden

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!


*Psalm 139