Guest Poet | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

04.19.24 | Celebration, Community, International, Pulpit Posts, World

As we move on into the season of Easter and further into an election cycle that necessitates our reckoning with faith-based nationalism, I offer this poem by D.A. Powell. Written in 2023 and titled The Miracle of Giving, the author’s comments follow in italics.

Twice Christ took the bread apart
with his human hands that he used for
such tasks, once with fish and once with wine,
the grain a pattern of tribute, distribute,
as he worked the division of himself into
feeding others with his body, taken but not taken,
there but not there, it was two times
two times two. Ever body got some body
who will feed them even when there seem hardly
enough to go round. When I hungered the word
fed me. Even so, so many others hungered
he needed a hundred more human hands.
That was when I said here take mine.

About this Poem
“I wrote ‘The Miracle of Giving’ during a Thanksgiving holiday, a meditation on Christian values during a time when Christians seem more focused on erasing and policing the lives of others rather than embracing or serving their neighbors and loving one another unconditionally. My inspiration for the poem was Rev. Cecil Williams, pastor of Glide Memorial Church, which provides meals, education, outreach and healing in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Williams famously removed the giant cross that stood behind his pulpit and told the congregation, ‘From now on, you’re the cross.’”

―D. A. Powell

Eastertide blessings,

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

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