Disturb the peace! Disquiet calm!
Dry tears of those who weep!
Speak truth! You said. Expose the wrong!
I’m much too weak and way too tired.
I answered in reply.
Not ready and so unprepared –
Today is not the time!
Your mercy then attuned my ears
To hear my brothers’ groans
Your grace unmasked my blinded eyes
To see my sisters’ wounds
Have mercy, Lord! I cried aloud.
You heard my anguished call
And gave me strength to do the task
And carry out your will!
© 2007 by Lorrie C. Reed
Inspired by Luke 18:9-14