Thought I would share some of my own poetry (although not as good as Luke's) but it does express my heartfelt search for "peace and reconciliation" in these challenging times:
As the Lord lives, it must be the Lord himself who will strike him, whether the time comes for him to die, or he goes out and perishes in battle. But the Lord forbid that I touch his anointed.1 Samuel 26:5-25
David’s “honorable” momentIs often forgotten in ourDeath-obsessed culture
Where blood-soaked remnantsOf gang murdersAnd innocent prisonersWhose lives are wastedWith swords quite less forgiving
With David’s sword so closeTo the head of Saul
So close to injecting the lethalDoseSo easy to sentence another toDeath row …David’s spear poised for the final blowSo easily to dispatch theHoody-wearing teen
A town in Florida replaysThe drama at ZilphAbishai urging the destructionOf the fugitive’s enemy andA frightened gun with such an easy shot
Can’t you hear General Abishai now?“What fortune, God has delivered theEnemy to us - JUST DO IT!
David more than hesitatesHe defends the “anointed of God”“But the Lord forbid that I touch his anointed”
Thereby anointing all of us whoJust might forget …
That God (and only God) anointsAnd that the same God both givesAnd takes what we should neverPresume is our “right” to do whatOnly David says the Lord is allowedTo do
That spear of vengeance and hateThrough the head of Saul or TreyvonOr Iraqi children or Syrian tyrants or theMany lost souls walking that last “green mile”
Are they not God’s anointed too?
By Rick Folker
*Hebrew for ‘anointed”
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