"Don't pray!" they told us. "We're praying!"
"Don't sing!" they told us. "You're not worthy of worshiping God!"
"Don't speak! We will tell people not to listen!"
"Don't write! We will tell people lies about you
that will taint what you post."
"We think you'd be happier at another church,"
they told us firmly (two elders, standing before us)--
and to make their meaning clear,
they stripped away our 36+ year membership,
stripped us naked
in front of everybody.
Part of the diaspora,
we followed nearly 200 other dazed people
and limped elsewhere.
Our new pastor opened his arms to embrace us.
He told his congregation,
"We are expanding our worship center,
with seating for an additional 175."
the Lord whispered,
I love to hear you pray!
I love to hear you sing!
When you speak of Me,
I am exalted!
When you write of Me,
your words delight My heart!
You will be happier here!