We can not escape the whispers overhead
They pity us and speak of us but they never,
never see us.
We’re to be seen but not heard.
Now neither heard nor seen we’re lost.
Cast behind the greater issues.
Cast to the corners of rooms to play with our toys.
To pretend we’re not made afraid by the constant growth of heavy whispers.
As if fiddling with dolls and trinkets will keep us from crying out for our mothers and fathers.
As though trainsets and crayons will pacify our need to question.
Where is my sister?
Who is my brother fighting for?
And so in the corners of rooms we cling to each other,
and shed our tears upon one another.
We, the Christian and the Muslim.
The Iraqi and the American.
We your children,
are kneeling at his feet.
Waiting at his table.
Standing in his presence,
and praying with him.
Praying that the gunshots would cease long enough for you to hear him calling.
Praying that you’d finally hear us.
That our wailing would penetrate your hate and pride.
That our pain could force its way to you.
Through the greed and the terror and the selfishness.
Our spirits were dying in those dark corners.
And all the while you made claims of care and of love.
Let go your burdens so that you may carry us to him.
Stay with us awhile and let him heal you.
We are your children.
One in Christ
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.