Creative Work


Katy Steele

A town full of people in a land far away—
if you look really hard, you might find them someday.
They have everything we do and maybe much more:
malls, cars, and houses, a nifty drugstore.
The one thing outlandish, and just a tad stark,
is that this small town lives all in the dark.
Sounds gloomy to you, but it’s all that they know.
No other place have they wanted to go.
They make friends based on heart not on looks gone unseen.
They don’t see that it matters if you’re short, fat, or lean.
It’s OK if you’re orange, black, red, green, or white,
when you live in a world that’s darker than night.

“People judge others by what they look like, but I [the Lord] judge people by what is in their hearts.
1 Samuel 16:7c (CEV)

Looking from your heart and not from your eyes
may come to many as an amazing surprise.
Did I mention the town has no fights and no war?
Look around you today; your world does, I’m sure.
When the lights are turned on, our eyes thrive on greed,
judging race, age, and color with incredible speed.
Here, with eyes unable and hearts far more stable,
people love, laugh, and live; regret not and forgive.
I hope you can hear all this town wants to say.
Let it echo to you at the end of your day.
Open your heart; turn off your eyes.
A town in the dark has much brighter skies.


5-SECOND PRAYER: God, give us hearts to see beyond appearances. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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