It is Enough!

It is Saturday again. Over the past few months, on Saturday I have shared some of my music and poems with you. I also said, there would be times I would share music with you that is not mine.

Most of us are outraged at what happened this week in Minneapolis. It is incomprehensible and beyond defense that these things continue to happen in our society.

Tensions are high and justifiably so. Nerves are on edge. There is little I can do. I can point to the injustice I see? Some might argue that I have waited to long. Some might argue that it is my place to give the victimized and the marginalized a platform to share their suffering, their stories, their understanding, and their pain. That is what I am doing today. It is what I will continue to do.

Lutheran Pastor and World War II dissident and political prisoner, the late Martin Niemöller penned this poem:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

It has, however, been pointed out to me that my role, likely is not to be a voice (something difficult for me) but to stand behind in support of those who do have the voice to speak of this ill of society. Today’s post is place to start doing just then. It is not that I should be quiet, but to respect the other and give support as I am asked, allowing them to tell their own story.

As you read the words above or below there are two phrases in Greek words. The two phrases are: next to them are the English translations.

Kyrie eleison! Lord Have Mercy!
Christe eleison! Christ Have Mercy

Today’s song comes from my colleague De Andre Johnson. De Andre is pastor of Music and Worship Life at Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land Texas.

There are no words that can contain
The depth of sorrow, grief and pain
That mothers, sons, and all exclaim:
Kyrie eleison!

“It is enough!”, the prophets cry
Yet still black men are doomed to die
By those who wish to vilify:
Kyrie eleison!

It is enough! The harm must cease
From warring madness by police
Who are sworn to protect, keep peace:
Kyrie Ellison!

It is enough! We cannot wait!
No more excuse for bias, hate!
Your savagery we cannot take:
Christe eleison!

It is enough! We cannot breathe!
Will you stand there and watch us bleed?
Are you not moved by cries and pleas?
Christe eleison!

No! No more death! It is enough!
No more dead sons! It is enough!
No! No more tears for lives cut short:
Christe eleison!

O my soul, it aches and yearns
For a day when passions burn
For others with deep love, concern:
Kyrie eleison!

I’ve had enough of these charades,
Of clichés and hasty crusades
Whose triteness wounds and cuts like blades:
Kyrie eleison!

There are no words that can contain
The depth of wounds our souls sustain
Each time a grieving heart exclaims:
Kyrie eleison!

Copyright 2020, R. De Andre Johnson, All Rights Reserved

Be Blessed

Seeking the Genuine,

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