They Never Knew
Her heels click across the floor
Pausing, she opens the old church door.
Heads across the room turn
Making her hands tremble and her cheeks burn.
Then it comes–
That quiet rush
That gentle hum
The deafening hush–
The sound of 1,000 words spoken
The silent looks seeing the 1,000 rules she’d broken.
Tears sting her eyes
And she puts her head down
A baby cries,
And an old woman frowns.
The preacher’s voice rises and falls
The whispers echo across the walls;
She sinks silently into a pew
And thinks, “If only they knew.”
They saw a girl in a short red dress
Sky-high heels, her hair a mess.
What they didn’t see
Was a silent plea;
Eyes puffy from how much she’d cried
A heart broken from watching her Father die.
She’d become an orphan the night before
She had no place to call home anymore.
When the service was over
She left the church pew
Her heart breaking,
And no one ever knew.
This doesn’t just happen in churches…it happens in schools…at work….everywhere. We are so fast to judge people without bothering to actually care about them. Gosh…we’ve got to stop!