One of our college students wrote this poem on the topic of “What is Redemption?”
What if Humanity lost its humanity? Well… What does that mean? Could I be a pawn of an organization that seeks the good of itself? Well, that would certainly make sense since it is this American dream that fuels our growth in all the well intentioned evils that spawn across the world from this communal spirit of greed and independence. Perhaps redemption is more than just a buzz word then, but a battle cry; something to be sung about across the burning plains of Wall Street and the TJ Max’s of the world. A state of mind that keeps growing on itself; keeps building up from the bedrock of our souls through the top soil of our hearts, reaching into the hardwoods of our minds and finally purifying the air of this real world that we find ourselves born into. It doesn’t matter if you’re a prince, or just hopeful, a ballerina or just a dancer, living, or just walking; but this world needs you, your responsibility, your mission, your privilege is to plant these seeds of redemption. The well intentioned evils of this world must be held accountable or we risk being devoured by our own twinkling eyes and desires.
The right questions are like a compass and westward breeze leading us home; the right answers are never good enough, like fruit that is ripe they too will one day rot before our eyes only to show us that this world is not static, but dynamic and changing. There are still seeds in that pear; there is still banana bread to be made by those bananas. So what are we waiting for? A green light to stop and think? I have sat long, too long, and tried not to think, tried to just walk, just sleep, just breath; but we’ve been called to something way bigger. This journey is not for those of weak constitutions, those whom embrace the subtle thoughts imposed for then of a system that cares not for them only its own consuming projection or those who like erotic relations. But the good news is that there is no height limit or minimum, no tickets that need bought in advance and no rsvp required; we are invited to think, to reason, to observe and respond. The ability to learn from our past is what sets us apart, it’s what makes us able to think, reason, observe and respond; when we deny its existence, we deny our ability to redeem, to redefine, and to recreate the world around us. We give up our greatest weapon against all the well intentioned evils of this spinning rock.