Monday, July 9, 2012

Can You Capture Your Mission in a Poem?

My new friend and the Executive Director of Shepherd's Table, a feeding ministry here in Silver Spring, Maryland, sent this beautiful poem to me and I thought I'd share it with you.

Can you capture the spirit of your mission in poem?  What a wonderful way to tell your story.


Somewhere in your life
hope you might see
one starved person,
the look on her face
when the bread finally arrives.

Hope you might have
baked it
or bought it
or even needed it yourself.

For that look on her face,
for your hands meeting hers
across a piece of bread,

You might be willing
to lose a lot,
or suffer a lot,
or even die a little.


Margaret Battistelli Gardner said...


bobbie said...

At Lutheran Social Services awhile ago we had a content for the best short poem capturing our mission statement, Serving people as an expression of the love of Christ. Here's one I liked, followed by the winner:

Serving the Least of These
By Anonymous
Lazarus was sick and died, and Jesus wept.
We can weep for the sick, the elderly,
Endangered children and brave refugees –
Or we can help. Our promise must be kept:
To heal torn hearts of our community.
Like Jesus, we protect the least of these.

Serving Hands, Loving Hearts
By John Elmore
To lend a hand, to wipe a tear,
A ready hug, a listening ear,
A caring home, a brand new start,
Words to mend a broken heart.

We bring Hope to help them face their pain,
Compassion that dries up the rain,
Solutions so they can start again,
As we share the love of Christ.

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