The other ones

           “Master, you handed over to me five talents;
           see, I have made five more talents.”

                         —Matthew 25.20

And what of the others,
the ones who faithfully took the talents
but didn’t make a killing in the stock market?
The one who forgave seventy times seven
and it came to nothing.
The one who marched in protests
and wrote to her senator but it was ignored.
One who loved her enemy
and they just scorned her.
The one who prayed and meditated
but never once kept his mind from wandering.
The one whose praise was never accepted.
The one who sang the song of their soul
and it wasn’t really all that lovely.
The one who told the truth and looked like a fool.
The one who shared his faith
and nobody, not a soul, cared or believed.
The one who really loved Jesus
but didn’t ever see what she had to offer.
What of them?
To them the master turns and says gently,
“Well done, good and faithful servant.
I know of one who served perfectly,
and ended in failure, crucified.
You have been trustworthy over a few things.
I will put you in charge of greater things.
For love is always risked, never wasted.”

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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