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Do Not Run: A Poem for Missional Realism



Do not run from concrete reality, Into a world of romanticised abstractions. Take courage, The truth at times will hurt.

Do not romanticise reality, But look it straight in the eye. And behold the nightmarish evil that many endure.


Don't dodge or look away, But lament, And grieve, The Kingdom is calling.


Don't dodge or look away, But listen, And love, The Kingdom is Calling.


Do not romanticise reality, But look it in the eye, Commit yourself to justice and peace.


Hold the hands of the hurting, Wrap your arms around the broken, Hold their gaze, and whisper ‘This is not the way it was meant to be’


Speak truth to those corrupted by power, Stand up for the oppressed, Hold their gaze and whisper. ‘This is not the way it is meant to be’


Do not romanticise reality, But rest a while in extravagant love. Bathe in his kindness, Receive his healing.

Do not romanticise reality, But know that hope is on the way. Reality will be redeemed, There is not a hurt he will not heal.


Swales 2021





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