There was no space for us in God’s domain
(we couldn’t even step on the same hill
without dying) until God took ten plain
and simple Hebrew words to share God’s will,
that we make space for the One Who Made Us.
Eght simple “don’t”s, two “do”s was all required
to include the One Who Would Include Us
within God’s heart. Ten words and we’re rewired
for love: love God, love truth, love verbally,
love rhythm, love parents, love all living,
love honor, love reverence, love honesty,
love other’s blessings with true thanksgiving.
God comes to us teaching us a love song.
We must sing, the cost of making love strong.
Yet, as we sang, the song was rearranged.
We sang it for buying and for selling,
leaving out those from whom we were estranged
from space God meant for them in God’s dwelling
we had built.* So Jesus took up God’s tune
for us; dancing the way we’d forgotten
(a way too loud for some, too fast, too soon)
to show, with God gone, the world was rotten.
Our Savior danced and sang and set things right
and would, for love, pay the piper for us,
for when one sings out love in sin’s dark night
there is a dear cost for every chorus.
Christ comes, zealous, belting out God’s love song,
singing for us so we won’t get love wrong.
*The place in the Temple where the moneychangers and others Jesus attacked had set up was the court of the Gentiles, leaving no room to welcome others in as God had welcomed Israel.