Tick tock, the clock is ticking
My ears are itching,
I am a bit uneasy
And I am ready to keep my mind busy.
Can’t wait to get home,
To watch ‘Game of Thrones’
Or probably put on the pS4
And pass my highest score in Fallout 4
Tick tock, the clock is sticking
And my eyes are twitching.
Don’t really understand
What the preacher is saying
Because my mind so busy
Daydreaming about Anime and Dragonball Z
Man, I need to take it easy because
I am starting to cold sweat on this bench.
Tick tock, the clock is stuck
Looks like I am out of luck
And I need to pay attention to the preacher.
Trusting this message will be deep like the Atlantic Ocean,
Hoping my eye lids won’t start bating and my fake lashes bowing
Along with my neck
And my mouth starts yawning.
“A little sleep, A little slumber” the Pastor shouted.
As he proceeded with his message
“The Church is sleeping”
Young people are falling short
Because the older generation is sleeping!
“The Scripture reading for today’s session is taken from Revelation 3:1-3
“1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
Tick Tock, Jesus is coming
And no one knows the hour nor the day,
So what are we really doing?
Fighting down each other?
Mother against daughters, Fathers against sons!
Congregations bad talking each other and the pastor….
Politics becoming poli-tricks
And the church is embracing political incorrectness!
What a mess!
Jesus is coming and our country is straying!
Referendums are changing
And Christian agendas are delaying
To give the world ways to change our perspectives!
Many of us have rejected the word of God
And succumbing to Black Christianity and debates about the color of our Savior’s skin
And the lost Israelite’s,
When we should be delighting ourselves in the word of God.
The Church is sleeping
And this social construct call race is taking over our pulpits!
They say we Christians are slaves to the white man
Who brained washed us into Christianity!
They call us fools
But Jesus calls us Sons and Daughters
Because we were inoculated with his DNA!
But, how can we say we say we are ready when
We are too busy doing the wrong things!
When we get tied up doing the wrong things!
When we say the wrong things!
And when we accidentally touch the wrong things!
Tick Tock, the clock is ticking
And we need to get it Right!
We need to stop entertaining the world
And start delighting ourselves and Ministering to the World!
We need to love our neighbors as we love ourselves!
Wait!!! We need to understand God’s love to know love,
So we can show love in the Right way!
We need to be like the woman with the issue of blood
And touch the hem of his garments and not doubt the hands of God!
For when we doubt the hands of God, we create problems!
Problems that tears the Church apart!
We need to revive dry bones and kill dirty habits!
So let us start with the older folk!
The supposedly praying Grandmothers, Grandfathers, parents and pastors!
The youth are in trouble!
We need to bring them home!
The Neglected ones!
The confused ones!
The ones with no visions
The one’s who faced molestation!
The Angry ones!
The Broken ones!
Each and every one!
Because the clock is ticking
And we need a Joshua generation!
We need some Gideons!
Some Ruths and Esthers!
But most importantly we need the Comforter,
To be comforted when persecutions arises.
We need to doubt our doubts and put to Not our stingy and feel we better than everybody mentality!
We need to put our trust in God, the God who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt….. Some of us need to leave Egypt and enter his promise land!
Tick, Tock, the clock is ticking,
And the pastor has finished his sermon,
The musicians start playing when the music fades…
So ask yourselves, what happens when the music fades and all is stripped away? What happens when the clock stops ticking?
Will you still be sleeping?
Written by: Renee (Afroray) Plenty
Member of the Writers Association of Grenada & Poet Out (Barbados)
Written in July 2016