Thursday, 08 Apr 2021
for we share humanity.
I bleed because he bleeds.
I ache because she is beaten.
I thirst because their crops thirst
the roots of drought reap barrenness.
I hunger for more than this
for she is my sister
and he is my brother
and I am connected
blood relatives of human race.
I love the power of words. I enjoy tinkering with words to strengthen the message behind them.
I’m excited to share my new poem with you. It’s called ‘Violin’s Bow’.
I spent time writing a lot about my longing for justice in the world. Then I selected the best fragments of that writing and, over months, crafted them into this poem.
This poem is an expression of my heart. I long for an end to the injustice, poverty and oppression around the world. I grieve for and with those who suffer. Can you relate?
Working for CBM Australia, I know that many people with disabilities who live in low and middle income countries face barriers to accessing education, employment, healthcare and participating in their community. In the event of a natural disaster, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. Having cerebral palsy, I’ve been able to develop my capabilities and contribute to society. I long for others with disabilities to have the opportunities to do the same.
I find tinkering with words is a means for me to express my heart. Another means, for me, is prayer. Every day I pray for God to bring justice to the world.
Please pray for people with disabilities as they continue to prepare for disasters and find the lyrics to my poem along with a range of stories from the field, biblical reflections, prayers and activities that explore themes of hope, resilience and inclusion in the Prepared to Hope Church Resource Kit.