dear gordon lightfoot…

This week has been hard for me as I’ve watched the tribal warfare in our great land, a land I love…I’ve struggled for words to express my ache…I’ve listened to the monologues, read the posts, and followed the threads until I choked on proof texts from both sides…this is all I have for now, they are words from the middle, flyover country, the strip no one pays much attention to anyway.

Dear Gordon Lightfoot, if you could read my mind
you’d get a whimwhamsical tale as this week’s been
a series of exhausting switchbacks further revealing
our nation to be quite divisible under God and while
some have never been more proud and some have
never been more right I’ve had to put my hand over
my ragged old chest not so much out of allegiance
as because of the heartache. I’ve got to say I just don’t
get it, I don’t know where we went wrong, and even
confessing that much will draw the ire and fire but
if we’re going to be real then I have to wonder when 
the smoke clears if we the people won’t realize that
heroes often fail and stories always end and like an
old time movie we all got burned in a three-way script.

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  1. Leslie Taylor Tomichek on May 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Reflecting on this week, I realize that what has happened is a person of power was very true to his own feelings. He in fact “came out”. So as Christians how should we feel? Christ is love. He did not give strict rules about this love other than love your neighbor as you would love yourself. And in this crazy mixed up world it is a very brave thing to stand up and say I love this person enough to want to spend the rest of my life with this person. Any one brave enough to do this should have all the rights and responsibilities that go with this commitment. My God is a God of love in whatever form or fashion this comes in. Leslie Taylor Tomichek

    • thebeautifuldue on May 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts, Leslie…and yes, our God is a God of love.

  2. samjolman on May 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for your words John as usual. When you put your hand on your chest, I sighed right along with you Yep… achy.

  3. Bonnie Grove on May 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I know nothing about American politics, but I do know that’s a great song–one of the best. I love all Canadian references, but that one especially.

  4. pastorstevegrove on May 14, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Yeah, what she said.

    Sounds like arrogance and power has derailed the train.

  5. patriciaspreng on May 14, 2012 at 3:41 am

    yep… I just don’t get it… except for the heartache part.

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