Rules – 2/28/12

Matthew 5:17-20

Rules. We seem obsessed by rules these days. With so many telling us how we ought to think, and so few seeming to care much about anything other than following rules so they can be assured of being right. Somehow doing the right thing, in the right people’s eyes, makes us right and OK. Maybe thinking for ourselves has gotten just a bit too hard. Maybe finding the love behind and beyond the rules seems too weak, too hard to explain.

destruction of the law
is not the answer
to what ails us

it kills
but we have a faith 
which speaks of
death that brings life
a strange pathway
by one who advocates
dying in order to live

rules don’t bring life
but the one who does
declares the law a tutor
exposing places
that need dying

the law provides no help towards living
yet it is a tool
used by the life giver
who calls us to follow
on into death
in a hundred little ways
each day
and on out the other side
to stand together
in life
in life growing increasing abundant
with each dying step
we take


About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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