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“Backbeat means the church feel. . . . ”
—Howard Grimes

Feel the beat. The backbeat.
Feel the beat.  Stomp with the feet,
the stomping of the feet—
and the clapping of the hands—
the feet the beat,
the hands the ands.

Stomp with your feet. Clap with your hands.
Praise be to God / with the stomping of the feet.
The church said,     Amen /
with the clapping of the hands—
the feet the beat,
the hands the ands.

When they had no pianos,
do you think that they were poor,
with the feet the beat,
the hands the ands—
the stomping of the feet—
and the clapping of the hands?

Church recall.  The stomping of the feet.
Church respond with the clapping of the hands
    The feet the beat, and the . . . .

first published in Adagio Verse Quarterly

We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Evil does not belong to God.

God’s unconditional love means that God continues to love us even when we say or think evil things. God continues to wait for us as a loving parent waits for the return of a lost child. It is important for us to hold on to the truth that God never gives up loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. That truth will help us to return to God’s ever-present love.

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