in the eyes
the way we make it clear
what we think about you
whether we speak kindly or not
in the tone
the way we make it known
if we think we are lucky to know you or
if we think you are lucky to have found us
in the words
the way we make it obvious
why we are wasting time on you at all
or why we desperately need to know more of the world that
you have survived
you have crawled through
you have climbed over
you have made beautiful
you have dignified
the reality that we manage the resources
that often stand between you and the respect you were born deserving
can and do often mislead us
to think that we could
if we wanted
speak unkindly with our eyes
suggest superiority with our tone and
communicate arrogance with our words
because we think that you need us
while all the while, the kingdom belongs to you.
God of those we attempt to marginalize, for our sakes, forgive us.
Lord hear our prayer.
108 S Church
These words come after yet another encouraging meeting where staff sit together to work and pray through what it means to remember that we are servants doing the work of Christ, knowing that in doing Christ’s work as he would do it, every interaction we have should reveal more of the dignity and worth inherent in every person. We don’t do it well all the time, or maybe rarely do it we do it well, but it is our heart at ARM to do so.