Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Be Careful When You Say Amen

be careful of simple words said often.

'amen' makes demands
like an unrelenting schoolmaster:
fierce attention to all that is said;
no apathy, no preoccupation, no prejudice permitted.

'amen': we are present. we are open.
we hearken. we understand.
here we are; we are listening to your word.

'amen' makes demands like a signature on a dotted line:
sober bond to all that goes before;
no hesitation, no half-heartedness,
no mental reservation allowed.

'amen': we support. we approve
we are of one mind. we promise.
may this come to pass. so be it.

be careful when you say 'amen'.

- barbara schmich searle

1 comment:

  1. So true. We must not utter AMEN trvially. Jesus is the great AMEN (Revelation 3:14);this alone should arrest us. May we learn the power of words and particulary of His Name. May we use both for His glory and for the furtherance of His Kingdom.

    Thank you, Barbara, for your post. It is timely and beautiful.