I wrote the following poem based on my connection with a former student.  Recent news stories concerning the separation of children from their parents brought it to mind.


Deserved vs. Received


I deserved contempt, judgement, death.

I received forgiveness, grace, life.

I deserved exclusion, distance, rejection.

I received community, acceptance, adoption.

This is Love.


This child deserved love, safety, a community.

She received hurt, fear, isolation.

This child deserved affection, a home, a family.

She received neglect, loneliness, strangers.

This is Sin.


“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”  I Peter 4:8


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