"After the Flood" by Erin Wathen - a lament for the Church
this crumbling ark of a thing that we’ve half-worshipped and over-mortgaged
After the Flood by Erin Wathen - published on Patheos
this rusty relic
when it has finally good and washed away
on the waves of its children leaving
its last hope of resurrection spent on
an overhead projector and a damned outside consultant
with a damned good vision plan …
we will remember the big churchy words
wrapped around the marching orders.
we will remember the days when we loved being right
more than we loved loving.
this crumbling ark of a thing
that we’ve half-worshipped and over-mortgaged
finally goes down.
there is no hating God for this one.
no blaming that sad divine for the
wreck of our own creation.
maybe it was bound to end this way.
after the fire, the storm, the wandering.
after the flood,
the astounding rainbow of a promise
a love so vast and colorful that
we could never possibly keep up our end of the bargain.