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Confession: Standing Against Bullying @ Church

On Palm Sunday, I led our congregation in a time of confession that connected with the previous week’s anti-bullying initiatives. My daughter then sang a song called, “Don’t Laugh at Me”:

I am a little boy with glasses the one they call a geek. A little girl who never smiles ’cause I’ve got braces on my teeth. And I know how it feels to cry myself to sleep.

I’m that kid on every playground who is always chosen last. I’m the one who is slower than the others in my class. You don’t have to be my friend. But is it too much to ask….

Don’t laugh at me. Don’t call me names. Don’t get your pleasure from my pain. In God’s eyes were all the same. Someday we’ll all have perfect wings. Don’t laugh at me.

I’m the beggar on the corner. You’ve passed me on the street. I wouldn’t be out here begging, if I had enough to eat. Don’t think I don’t notice that our eyes never meet. I was born a little different. I do my dreaming from this chair. I pretend it doesn’t hurt me when people point and stare. There is a simple way to show me just how much you care.

I’m fat. I’m thin. I’m short. I’m tall. I’m deaf. I’m blind. Hey aren’t we all.

Don’t laugh at me. Don’t call me names. Don’t get your pleasure from my pain. In God’s eyes were all the same. Someday we’ll all have perfect wings. Don’t laugh at me.

-WG

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