Daily Devotional for April 19
April 19 Luke 6:27-38
Hannah and Myra. Both survived
The Jewish camps.
Both used bony fingers to
Pick away the lice
On other thin companions.
Tattooed numbers on upper arms remind.
Hannah visits Myra
In this place of endless
Mumbling, wasted souls.
Hannah, so strong, resigned.
Forgiving; forgiven of the torture,
Never (no, never) forgetting.
While Myra, eyes turned inside,
Smoking cigarettes and humming childish tunes,
Forgets in her rancor
How to move among souls
Who mean you no harm.
But Hannah knows the saving craft
Of walking next to hatred
Without ever being stolen.
I'm not sure what makes the difference between a real learner
of your truths and one who only appears to be listening.
Whatever be my lessons in this life, I ask your patience as you
teach them to one who is nearsighted, and perhaps a little deaf,
but who hopes to compensate with persistence.
From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle
Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.198