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Blessed are You When Others Revile You – Tanya Runyan

August 6, 2013

I discovered Tanya Runyan recently though an online reading group I’m involved with on Facebook.  I really liked this poem, and a bunch of others, in her collection, Simple Weight.

Blessed Are You When Others Revile You

We knew Preacher Man had it all wrong,

the 6; 4″ senior who pinned kids to their lockers

with the Four Spiritual Laws,

popped his head into classrooms

to proclaim “all have fallen short

of the glory of God,” and waved his Bible

as teachers dragged him to the principals’s

office, pages riffling like the hems

of Moses in the desert.

We knew he had lost the point

of sharing the Gospel through the simple

testimony of a life well-lived:

turning down sex and weed,

spotting spare dollars in the lunch room.

He makes us look so lame,

we groaned in youth group.

He’s working against our cause.

But when one afternoon

a freshman stuck his foot out

and Preacher Man slammed to the floor,

only to scramble after the retreating boy

and pull him into a hug, I knew

I had it all wrong, because he became

Jesus in the hallway of my school,

and I could never forgive him.

(corrected hiccup that occurred in my Kindle reader – Thanks Tgflux!)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2013 5:59 pm

    I think you’ve mis-printed the poem? [Check if this part has been repeated: “popped his head into classrooms

    to proclaim “all have fallen short

    of the glory of God,” and saved his Bible”

    as teachers dragged him to the principal’s

    office, pages riffling like the hems

    of Moses in the desert.

    We knew he had lost the point

    of sharing the Gospel through the simple

    testimony of a life well-lived:

    turning down sex and week,

    spotting spare dollars in the lunch room.

    He makes us look so lame,

    we groaned in youth group.

    He’s working against our cause.

    But when one afternoon

    a freshman stuck his foot out

    and Preacher Man slammed to the floor,

    only to scramble after the retreating boy”

    HTH.

    • episcopalifem permalink*
      August 6, 2013 9:08 pm

      You are right! Hiccup in my Kindle which I’ve now corrected! Thank you! (Font size made some lines repeat. Dunno why!?)

  2. September 27, 2013 9:23 pm

    Hello!
    I have started an Episcopalian Bloggers linkup at my blog, TheJonesesBlog.com, and wondered if you were interested in joining. The Episcopalian Bloggers linkup’s purpose is to promote the diversity of Episcopalians by advertising your church membership through a blog badge and blogroll. Having a collection of blogging Episcopalians in one place would be amazing for anyone interested in knowing exactly who Episcopalians are. (Which is to say, they are a diverse group of people.)

    To join the linkup, simple visit the Episcopalian Bloggers page on my blog @ http://www.thejonesesblog.com/2013/09/episcopalian-bloggers.html, retrieve the badge code, and add your blog’s information to the linkup. If you have any questions or concern, please contact me. I would love to have you join us!

    Lisa Jones

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