by Kelly Pelton (written 19 Apr 2021)

We hold this truth to be self-evident:
All men and women are created equal
to joyfully express our God-given gifts
to edify the church in a prequel

to His kingdom's full reign, a renewed earth
where no curses of the fall continue.
With prayer and humble receptivity,
the church is a Holy Spirit venue

to draw the world to Christ; countercultural
sharers of power is how we're made to be
in the image of God who gave free will
which allowed for us to serve willingly.

Let us serve with the freedom of children
secure in His love, mature in lifting
the marginalized to serve equally
instead of limiting and restricting.