What if….. Thoughts after the speakers office

Yesterday we went to the Speakers office.   We talked about the moral urgency of the issue of Insure Tennessee.   We heard a lot of stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and of a state that seemingly dismissed them as inconvenient or even disposable.   We asked people who couldn’t see to open their eyes.   We asked people who couldn’t hear to listen.   And we asked people who didn’t care to finally,  finally at last to really care.

Yesterday was a step among many steps.   There were many before.   Unfortunately there are many yet to be taken.   It is a journey about more than politics.   It is about who we are and who we can be.   I have a grandson who is 18 months old.   His name is Tobin.   I don’t want him to live in a Tennessee where people die because they are poor and can’t go to the doctor.

What if……

What if
Poverty was not a crime
Or moral failing
Or judgement of sin
But an extraordinary experience
Of ordinary people
What if
We believed that
People deserved to be
Treated right
Regardless of
Social status or
Financial standing
Or what label or
Tag we place on them
What if human being
Was a sufficient condition
Of kindness
And care
What if everyone was
Our neighbor
And we really
Believed we were theirs
What if we knew
But for the grace
Of God
There go I
And life was
About sharing that
What if everyone
Was against needless death
And for better life
What if care and love
Were not measured by
What they cost
But treasured for
The opportunity to give
What if everyone could
See and hear and feel
And knew that injustice
That diminishes one
Diminishes all
What if these
Were not things
We prayed for
But things we celebrated
What if Tennessee was
For all Tennesseans
If that is our journey
If that is our hope
Then must we not
Step today
And find another
With which to step tomorrow
And the next day
And the day after.
Walk for those
Who cant walk
Sing for those
Who have no voice
And above
Way above all else
Care for those
Convinced no one
Really cares


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