in a cage

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Broken-hearted Friend,

The voices of the persecuted children ring in our ears and we cannot stop them (we must not!)

And we know these are only echoes of the myriad voices we have not heard over the years

Refused to hear

Excused ourselves from knowing about

“That was then” “we would never do such a thing” “we are better than that now.”

Evil is everywhere, everywhen.

Hear our prayers, O God: Let our cries come to you.

And strengthen our hands and feet, our spirits and our courage, because

We have a lot of work to do, along with our screaming.

Amen, may it be so.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, works as a paving contractor, and is an occasional blogger.


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