Grace and Peace to you.
They said, “Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!”…
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying,
“If you, even you, had only recognized on this day
the things that make for peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
—Luke 19.39, 41-42
Let them have their warriors and demagogues.
I will have only you,
humble and riding on a donkey,
king not of might but of love.
Ride into the city of my heart,
its prideful palaces and their corruption,
the dark alleys of fear,
the crowded hovels of inadequacy.
Ride in and be my sovereign:
endure my shouts and curses,
rise above my judgments and certainties,
and reign over me in love and forgiveness.
Then let me be your loyal subject in this world,
this day ruled by other kings, other laws.
Show me how to reign, not dominate.
teach me the things that make for peace.
Keep me close to you in this fickle crowd,
steady amid the yelling and fighting,
gentle in the face of brutality,
mighty with the awesome power of love,
my lord, ruler of the universe,
little king with the holes in his hands.
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