Through the eyes of others

Today started early as we visited the Temple Mount before going onto St George’s Cathedral.  Both places were spiritual and I felt we joined to walk alongside those of faith. As at the Western Wall on the Jewish Sabbath we were welcomed by all. However on the Temple Mount a group of Jews were shouted at and the wall was a very visual barrier which created difference – the same history seen through different eyes.

We then travelled through wilderness to the Jordan and there along with a patch work of other Christian denominations in the muddy water we renewed our baptism vows – a wonderful Celebration of unity.

Here are two poems by two of the curates I travel with.

Taste and See

Signs hung for Tourists                                                                                                                           Read “No Explanations” inside the Church                                                                                        God speaks, come Inside                                                                                                                          Man speaks, come explanation                                                                                                    Pilgrims hang for tourists                                                                                                                    Speaks no Church




Difference: The Holy Land

Difference                                                                                                                                         Difference in faith                                                                                                                                    Faith is evident everywhere                                                                                                                        In clothes, in sounds, in structures                                                                                                          In walls.

Walls that are prayered at                                                                                                                     Walls that separate                                                                                                                                 Walls that cause fear and fighing                                                                                                       Walls that cause safety and supervision.

Difference in living together                                                                                                       Difference at the Western Wall                                                                                                         Female and male                                                                                                                               Orthodox and reform                                                                                                                         Praying, reading and dancing.

God made difference                                                                                                                     Difference is beautiful.                                                                                                                              We make difference                                                                                                                            Difficult difference                                                                                                                       Impossible difference.

Difference is the incarnate God                                                                                                  Difference of the Messiah to come                                                                                           Difference is the importance of the people.

Difference of faith in the same God                                                                                          Difference how we live our lives alongside others                                                                    Impossible difference is all children know.





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One Response to Through the eyes of others

  1. Beverley says:

    with your descriptive introduction these two poems really came alive. Great opportunity for a period of quiet reflection on a Sunday evening. particularly the differences in the light of the recent Anglican Communion leaders time together. thank you

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