The Common Good

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"

Image by Steven Depolo via Wylio
"For the Poor Charity Box Basilica of St. Adelbert Grand Rapids December 29, 2010." By Steven Depolo via Wylio

Living Sacrifices
By Lisa Sharon Harper

The 99 percent offers work and wealth

to the commons

with blessing and prayer.

In return

schools, fire stations, police officers,

Medicare, Social Security, and Food Stamps

Are snatched from open hands.

Empty stomachs moan.

The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good.

Hiding common wealth in overseas tax shelters,

They roll the dice

Singing "Short against the box!"

But light is challenging darkness to "a fair one"!

A fair, just, and equitable one!

Feet and legs and hands

Minds and souls and hearts

Have re-occupied

The commons

They offer their bodies

Living sacrifices

Amen, Amen, and Amen.


[Editor's note: Lisa's poem originally appeared via the Theoblogger challenge at, in answer to the question, "Where do you see God coming into the world this Advent?" in 100 words or less. This poem is exactly 100 words.]

meLisa Sharon Harper is the Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners. She is also co-author of Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics and author of Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican ... or Democrat.



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