Leadership and Being the Change–by Naomi–Part 6

If leadership isn’t all just Loud noise

Then, by faith I can lead His people

and pray them through

Give an encouraging word,

Be a frieBut there is hope:

My God comes and will not be silent,

but proclaims justice for the oppressed

and restores order through reconciliation

and I am one of his agents

Like Bonhoeffer I exhort,

Who of you realizes

That to speak up for those who cannot

Is the least that God calls us to?

God, the heart of compassion,

calls on us to care

And I care

My heart aches

Maybe there isn’t a 5-step solution

It isn’t always clean-cut to make restitution

No, it is heart-wrenching, gut-twisting

It is hard and it hurts

It hurts to be aware

It hurts to repair these wounds I have inflicted

Not because of a conscious, malicious thought or action

But because the system I am a part of prefers my white skin,

While my brothers and sisters are immediately convicted

for the crime of being born with darker melanin

And it hurts to de-throne myself

But I know God needs to be the King

And I pray His kingdom come

I pray we Overcome our addiction to comfort

So one step at a time

We can progress


Build relationships across any and all divides

Cause we were meant to be united

Together we can raise our voices

Make good choices

Be the change

I can be the change because

I won’t spend my change on what

throws women in the streets,

puts men in the mines,

children in factories making dimes

working eight-hour days,

where they can’t go to school and can’t run or play.

I can refuse to be blinded

Look suffering in the face

Align myself against evil

Pray for healing in this place


by Naomi N

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