This Remains

written for Our Saviours Church, amidst a pretty long period of lots of things changing

This Remains

Bret Hesla 2009

1. This remains: the love that binds us.
This remains: the common prayer.
This remains: the Spirit calling.
This remains: the food we share.
This remains: the voices singing
Harmony on old refrains.
In this time of many changes,
This remains, all this remains.

2 .This remains: the cup of coffee.
This remains: the listening ear.
This remains: the conversation.
This remains: the quiet tear.
This remains: our braided stories
Who we are, and who we’ve been.
While it seems that all is changing,
This remains, all this remains.

3 .This remains: the streets of hunger.
This remains: the cry of need.
This remains: the plywood windows.
This remains: the stomping greed.
This remains: the breech dividing
Us with wealth, from us with none.
Though we fight for new tomorrows,
This remains, all this remains.

4 .This remains: the love that binds us.
This remains: the common prayer.
This remains: the Spirit calling.
This remains: the potluck shared.
This remains: the heart that’s yearning
For a beauty yet unseen.
Deeper than the many changes,
This remains, all this remains.

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