The seats are filled with worshipers.
Their voices chant and cheer.
It's really almost spiritual.
You'd think that God was here.
They raise their hands and close their eyes.
They bow their heads and pray.
What happens next? They genuflect
and then they start to sway.
A wave of praise moves through the crowd.
They stand up to confess
allegiance to the pigskin god
while clad in their team's dress.
Like Romans back in Caesar's time
they watch the sacrifice.
Atonements made on grassy turf
with blood and pain and ice.
And so on this blest holiday
true followers abound.
But church is not the sacred place.
Ford Field is holy ground.
But what of that which matters more
than touchdowns, pads and rings?
Must God be sidelined, sacked or snubbed
for such less noble things?
Can true devotion that we see
this Sunday every year
be matched by what we see in church?
This day's a somber mirror.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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