Rochester Area Right To Life
by Jo Carr
It takes courage
to be crocus-minded.
Lord, I'd rather wait until June,
like wise roses,
when the hazards of winter are safely behind,
and I'm expected, and everything's ready for roses.
Knifing up through the hard-frozen ground and so sticking their necks out,
because they believe in spring and have something personal and emphatic
to say about it.
Lord, I am by nature rose-minded.
Even when I have studied the situation here,
and know there are wrongs that need righting,
affirmations that need stating,
and know also that my speaking out
might even rock the boat -
well, I'd rather wait until June.
maybe later, things will work themselves out,
and we won't have to make an issue of it.
Wrongs don't work themselves out.
Injustices and inequalities and hurts don't just dissolve.
Somebody has to stick his neck out,
somebody who cares enough
to think through
and work through hard ground,
because he believes
and has something personal and emphatic to say about it.
Me, Lord? Crocus-minded?
could it be that there are things that need to be said, and you want me to
say them? I pray for courage. Amen.
Published by the Foundation for Life in Toledo, Ohio, in their publication "Life Matters" March, 1999. Volume 99 Number 1. Used with permission.
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