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