Mark 2:1-12

As the pastor began to speak the absolution,
+++I stood up and
+++interrupted the liturgy.

“Anyone who looks into their hearts
+++and acknowledges what they find there
+++also finds the power
+++to forgive
+++themselves.”

To the woman on my right
+++I said,
+++“You can still make love
+++without your breast.”

To the man on my left,
+++“You can still sculpt
+++without your eyes.”

Lutheran church chancel

Over the uncomfortable
+++hubbub
+++of parishioners,

I saw the pastor
+++stare at me
+++and nod.

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