A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
By Lisa Sharon Harper
The 99 percent offers work and wealth
to the commons
with blessing and prayer.
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
They offer their bodies
Amen, Amen, and Amen.
[Editor's note: Lisa's poem originally appeared via the Theoblogger challenge at Patheos.com, 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.]
Lisa 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.