I know that Pilate is not a person to emulate,
But I find myself wishing that I, too, could interrogate you.
My question is his question:
What is the truth?
I think I know, but others think otherwise,
And there’s a lot of anger and confusion and yelling going on right now.
So if you could proclaim the truth
In no uncertain terms
It might help us out.
I also wonder, along with Pilate,
If you are, in fact, the King.
Because there are some situations down here
that a royal decree from heaven could maybe fix.
My list of questions is long,
And I suppose we don’t have time for them all
Even if you were inclined to answer.
Still, if you must be silent, God,
Please also be gentle.
Receive my questions in love,
And transform my curiosity into commitment—
A commitment to follow your way of peace
Even when I don’t understand;
A commitment to trust in you
Even when your power is not evident.
Holy One, be—today and always—
My way, my life, my truth.
Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS, and blogs at SpaciousFaith.com.
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