Friday, April 10, 2009

poem: Thorns and Scarlet

Have a great Easter everyone and remember what we are celebrating! Today is Good Friday so I am going to church for the traditional three hour service (noon to 3 pm). Here's a link that explains, from a medical perspective, what Jesus went through on the cross - Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion.

And here's a poem I wrote several years ago for Good Friday. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Thorns and Scarlet

Out of slavery, out of sin, out of Egypt, enter in.
You our God and You our stay, You our Savior light the way.
Blood of lambs upon our door, that the wrath of God won't pour
On our homes, but rather save, redeem us when we were a slave.

And then You came and taught in love, the glories of the One above.
You came rebuked, reproved, and taught, and wept with sorrow as You sought
All the lost, too numb too feel; show them love that You may heal
Their hurts and failings of the past, as You put death to death at last.

So thorns and scarlet wrap around, You let Your hands and wrists be bound,
Beaten, spat on, mocked that day, the Son of God our crimes did pay.
I cannot fathom love that fierce, love that would His own hands pierce.
God let His anger fall on His Son, until He cried out, "It is done!"

All glory to God and God alone, the God who loved and did atone
For things that we should have to pay, but for us in love did lay
Down His life that we may live, through the Son He did forgive
All we've caused, pain and strife, and gave instead eternal life!

(With thanks to Shantyman magazine for the title.)