Which is easier to say: “Pick up your mat and walk?”
Or, “Your sins have been forgiven—now go live as you ought?”
Some folk look for magic signs, while others look for proof
If evidence is all you seek, you might not like the truth
You can lead an ass to water, but you can’t make it drink
Serve up heady truths on silver plates, but you can’t make folk think
So when a kingdom must be built on love, not swords and guns and rods
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and save for God all that is God’s
The rich won’t share their riches, but the starving share their bread
Some folk long for healing, but most others just want their stomachs fed
Sometimes grace can feel like you’re just shovelling pearls for swine
And there’s nothing much that you can say, but, “Not my will but Thine”
You can spell things out in parables, you can play connect the dots
The lepers and the blind and the mad will understand
But the truly sick will not
You can reignite the paralysed, heal the crippled and raise the dead
But give good folk the keys to the Kingdom—it’ll just go to their head
You can sacrifice your birthright, hang your flesh upon a cross
Make the pain of every heart and soul your own
They won’t count the cost
You can give up all eternity for folk who cling to coins and rings
Don’t offer fools and horses their salvation—they want generals and kings
This conversation awaits your contribution.
We have set this website up to share the resources from the book ‘The Illustrated Gospel Project’,
plus the extra stuff that we couldn’t fit in the book.
But there is still room! Room for what you and your community of faith might create in response to God’s creative Word at work, and at play in your midst.
So if you create a drama, a song, a prayer or a responsive reading, we’d like you to share it.
Go, contribute ‘Your Voice’!