Sliver and the Beam

Sliver and the Beam

Judge not,
to not be judged!
What’s dished in rush,
in time – dished out again to us!
Curious indeed,
the sliver in your eye,
my own the hidden beam. 

Have I forgotten;
from whence I came,
or who I really am,
or could have been, but not?
Looking far from inward,
see the sliver in your eye,
but not my eye – my hidden beam.
I denied it out of mind,
too righteous to be kind.
The hypocrite is seen in me. 

Rip out the beam,
from my eye.
The heart and soul,
will feel the pain.
Then I’ll know;
how to feel, to clearly see,
the sliver in your eye.
skillful surgeon I will be,
the scalpel’s slice; a softer touch!
a careful slower pace,
Christened hands of love and grace!

Joseph Hutchison, July 2020, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Mathew 7:1-5  Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother,Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?”  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

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