I wrote this poem during my devotions on September 14. I am thinking about the balance between being with and supporting those who have special needs of many sorts, and truly supporting them as they take risks and grow.
God of glory, always with us,
I think today of my friends who are ill, or disabled, or different,
for they are always with us too.
Sometimes we forget these friends.
Sometimes we remember them too freely to put aside.
Sometimes we put them on a “safe shelf.”
Like the poor and the hungry,
sometimes they are drawn away from my eyes.
Today I focus:
Let me not destroy innocent life as a way of keeping it safe.
Let me keep this life free.
As I keep others safe, I will encourage too,
lead these loved ones to risk and growth.
Keep my eyes open.
Keep my mind open: Let me be a
Disciple of hope and freedom.
(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, September 14, 2012