by Robert Paul Fugarino
Lord, a new commandment given us!
Lord, a new commandment given us?
We have commandments enough as it is. Crushed we are by
Commands to buy spoken from the still lips of dead
Commands to toil spoken by the memoranda of living
Commands to join spoken through our burning loins and
But now, Lord, you cast a new edict from on high, and it is to love
It is too much.
Commands to spend and sweat and sex and seek—perhaps those
we can bear.
But to love? As you love? It is too much.
Then you stoop to wash our feet and feed us yourself—the very
vigor of the stars!
And then you die and rise to say to us,
“Be of good cheer! Through you I will love this broken globe. Rest
This is enough.
Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2012 The Upper Room. Used with permission.
Robert Paul Fugarino is the Pastor at Park Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas City, Missouri and has served congregations in different parts of the U.S. for almost twenty years.
“Spiritual vitality in our churches stems from our openness to God’s transforming presence, not in anxious striving. Tending the soul of the congregation starts with attending to God’s presence in our lives as leaders, then bringing the same prayerful openness into the meetings and ministries of the church. Our work is to help the people to pay attention to, listen to, learn from, and live in the Spirit.” Read more.