Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How Long?

How long should a sermon be?
Sixty minutes? Forty? Three?

Should it explain ancient words?
Touch on Darfur, or the Kurds?

Should it tell a faith-filled story
Through anecdote or allegory?

How should it move the ones who listen?
Should they laugh, or should tears glisten?

Should it touch the heart, or brain?
Or remind us of the cross again?

A sermon should engage, not bore;
So we don’t drift off, or snore.

Doing all these things takes time;
Just look how it fills out my rhyme.

I hope the sermon’s short today;
I want to go outside, and play.

Post topic suggested in comment on prior post.

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