Poems

Samaritan

Oct 2013    

The quintessence of godliness lies
not in the priestly garments
of a holy order
nor in sacred ornaments
adorning neck or crown;

Nor does it lie
in pious demeanour and genuflection,
in outward professions of faith alone,
nor in an untainted genealogy;

not in impressive public prayers
and theological discourse, nor
in ritual and ceremony.

Authentic godliness
wears a common face;
it resides in a heart
sensitive to human need and responsive
to the cries of desperation
of the destitute and of the wounded,
giving unstintingly out of a heart of
love, with no expectation of return.

On such the Father smiles
for they mirror
the very heart of God.

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Dr Oliver Seet is a member of Wesley Methodist Church and a Board Director of the Metropolitan YMCA.

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