Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pentecost Prayer Day 49

What if we decided that the only morality was protecting innocence,
Instead of hunting for children's mistakes, to exact recompense?
What if we each decided to remember when we were each young,
And then offer to the next generation our glories that went unsung?

Would we create a world where we would all believe in peace?
Would all the competition with, and hatred of, others cease?
I see outside my door, children of every color and family,
Lesbians and single fathers who look like loving parents to me.

How can we continue to find fault with those committed to protect
The sacred, innocent souls that our society often rejects?
It has been a stain upon us that young males of a certain age,
No longer, in the mothering impulses of nature, engage.

Who is to claim these young men after their male selves emerge?
Their masculinity seems to set off less than compassionate urge.
Even the young men deserve protection until they come of age;
Otherwise, their fears are turned into unfocused actions of rage.

My prayer for Pentecost is that we learn to honor the innocence of all instead of seeking to destroy it with our own disillusionment.