Nothing to Prove
Don’t need miracles
Loaves and fishes;
Don’t need purity,
a Virgin birth
for his time on earth
Don’t need witnesses
Kings from far away
God’s voice on baptism day
Don’t need him calm
He threw over tables
Taught radical fables
Didn’t need a temple
Homeless by choice
Folks understood his voice
All I need is his words of love
His hand stretched out to the poor
To street kids, to ‘untouchables’
He was real and human
Dragged his cross to Calvary
Questioned God as he hung from a tree
I don’t need resurrection
No “Mary, don’t you know me?”
No Doubting Thomas: “See?”
All these things could have happened.
If they didn’t, I would
still follow him best I could
The Way is peace, love
The Way is easy it you let it be
If you turn off the world, you’ll start to see
© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
NOTE: I believe there are “many ways up the mountain.” As much as I follow Jesus, I don’t exclude people of different beliefs from my life. I often have amazing conversations with Jews, Muslims, atheists… anyone willing to engage in love. I am not a biblical literalist and do have a problem engaging some (SOME) fundamentalists because theirs is an absolute path, which is far from my own, and they tend to get mad when asked about “cherry-picking” Scripture. My path is very, very wide, and I truly believe Jesus’ best gift to the world was his message, “Love one another.”
This was written for Poetic Bloomings; their prompt was Easter. This is also posted at Poetry Pantry at Poets United, where I have been a proud member since 2009.
Had a wonderful, mutually respectful conversation with a fellow Christian – he’s a bit more from the right; I’m one of the (not really named) Christian Left. It was a hot topic, and we agreed that there are “many roads up the mountain,” that our aim is not to proselytize, but to put it out there for people to make up their own minds.
Thanks to Marie Elena and Walt for their work on the blog, as well as my Poets United buddies.
Whatever your path, deist, theist, atheist… I wish you peace and acceptance. Amy
March 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Happy Easter Amy! You fill my heart
Josie Two Shoes
March 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Beautiful, a resounding AMEN from my corner. Faith, love, it really is that simple!
March 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Sending my Amen from the Christian Left!
March 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm
If you turn off the world, you’ll start to see…that kind of says it all. Very lovely piece.
March 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm
Very, very nicely done Amy — this is the kind of Christian any atheist would be proud to call a friend and even a teacher.
March 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm
The Great “I Am”.
Sherry Blue Sky
March 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Way to sing it, Amy!
March 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm
I love your message. “Love One Another” : )
March 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm
Sadly we cannot turn off the world but we can turn up love to a much higher setting. Peace and love be with you Amy.
Kelly Garriott Waite (@kgwaite)
March 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm
Turn off the world, you’ll start to see. Nice!
March 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm
I have just had a blessed Easter in the best of ways. I am so thankful for the day. Enough said.
March 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm
Great Easter write, Amy. The way is easy if you let it be. Amen to that.
March 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm
❤ Amer !
March 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm
Okay apologies … LOVE AMER!
J Cosmo Newbery
March 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm
Lovely, loving, hope-filled Easter thoughts Amy. Best wishes.
April 1, 2013 at 1:43 am
I really like your way of putting things, Amy. Love one another is the crucial bit. Thank you and happy Easter.
April 1, 2013 at 2:22 am
very apropriate for easter
Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
April 1, 2013 at 5:15 am
I like your viewpoint!
April 1, 2013 at 7:00 am
Well said, well written. I so agree.
April 1, 2013 at 7:01 am
Cheers from Cottage Country Eastern Ontario!
April 1, 2013 at 7:21 am
Beautiful, so full of hope!
April 1, 2013 at 8:39 am
April 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm
You speak to and of the essence with this piece. The Christ is an ultimate example of living in this realm. You express deep, shared feelings so eloquently.
April 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm
And that sums up my belief pretty damned well. Kudos my Ameleh!
April 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Happy Easter Amy. Sentiments expressed in the spirit of a true Christian.
I HAVE A VOICE
April 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm
what a forerunner you are for our Redeemer and mankind’s cause! Salvation at his right side!
April 2, 2013 at 10:14 am
Such beautiful writing…Loved it…..
inside that bowl, I see the whole world
April 3, 2013 at 9:57 am
Amy, I believe in wide paths. How can we spread a message of love if we make the entry way too narrow? Thank you for making wide paths, sending love and peace in your poetry and actions. Love-Sara
April 4, 2013 at 8:26 am
Your words are even more effective as you position yourself behind a ‘nothing to prove’ stance♫ The spreading of the Word is still accomplished♥ Isaiah 55:11 springs to mind!