To Always be Walking With Those Who are Always With Us

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.   

Always With

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

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About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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