‘Chaos in Church’ a poem by URC poet-minister Lucy Berry

Chaos in ChurchThere are times when a person enters church so damaged that we can see absolutely no way to help them, or even to reach them. This upsets me. It upsets me equally to hear church people say: ‘They’ve made a choice’. To believe this is a comfortable way off a terrible hook; because the point at which such chaotic persons could discern their choices is long gone. So, what do we do? Nothing. But pray.

Chaos in Church

Chaos wandered into church;
with splitting plastic-bags of cans,
and stubbed-out fag-ends in each hand,
and sat down with a lurch.  

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