The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America




don't be disappointed
oh little one
today is our day
to sing and laugh
to dance and cheer
today is our day

you know the Love
for whom your face shines
one day, forever,
and tomorrow
forty days of glory
forty days of grace
acceptance once more
into the circle of faith

so let's hold hands
oh little one
and together we'll be saved

This poem is about welcoming people into the walk with Christ but also about celebrating the community of faith. When I wrote it at the beginning of Lent last year, the words just seemed to flow from my pen and onto the paper.

For me, grace has a few meanings. As a whole it has a voice of hope. In the first stanza you realize that someone tells another person, who is apparently disappointed, not to be: "oh little one today is our day."

I know what some of you are thinking. Yes, I wrote this during Lent and, yes, it is happy. Where does this happy tone come from? Jesus went through so much for us. Personally that is just so much love it's hard for me to be sad in the light of the Lord. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 10:9-10: "If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved."

"One day, forever, and tomorrow." When we are saved we will be with God forever. Living each day with God's glory is something so large to think about. I try to think of it as living each day, one day at a time, in the light of God. Each day will go on forever and when forever seems over, there's tomorrow. The 40 days of Lent are a time to thank Jesus for his time on earth.

Also, everybody should be accepted into the circle of faith -- no matter who they are, what they believe and how they live their lives -- at church and away from church.

When I read this at a "poetry slam" at my church, someone observed that it's about the community of faith. This poem isn't just about you or me being saved. It's about the community of Christ being saved. So when you go through this Lenten season, don't just get caught up in the sadness. Jesus did and still does some amazing things for us. Find comfort in that, "so let's hold hands, oh little one, and together we'll be saved." Amen.


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