Today you will see someone bent.
You will be tempted to wonder
how they brought it on themselves.
You will hear an offer
of healing, a brave and generous hope
denied, belittled, deferred.
You will see a hand outgiven,
a meeting yielding to frailty,
touching what can't be touched.
You will witness a tightening,
old fears and excuses,
a caging, an act of depressing,
and yet a remolding
to unbow you, stand you straight,
a loosening, a raising, if you dare.
Today you will notice someone bent
and see with awe, not pity
a daughter of Abraham,
and with eyes unbent
be set free and given power to heal
if you choose so to see.
“And ought not this woman,
a daughter of Abraham
whom Satan bound for eighteen long years,
be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”
— Luke 13.16
August 22, 2019