Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's Friday...but Sunday's Comin'!

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Twice I heard Tony Campolo deliver
his famous and rousing sermon
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!
at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove
He drummed home the point
that everything may look bleak Friday, but…
come Sunday it’s a totally different story

Now, I’m not thinking of just any bleak Friday
I’m thinking about the original Good Friday—
thinking the only reason I can bear
to contemplate that good and terrible day
is because I know
three days later there was
a mind-blowing, miraculous Sunday—
…Resurrection Sunday!

The disciples didn’t have
the advantage I have—
They didn’t understand
life after death
couldn’t comprehend
atonement for sin
just didn’t get it
that their teacher and friend, Jesus
could die upon a cross
for the sins of the world
They didn’t know the future—
They didn’t have the Book
but, I do have the Book
and I’ve read ahead
a few pages
I know the sequel
to the Good Friday story
the victorious hope-giving
hallelujah happy ending
so I know my sins are forgiven
and that I’m going to live forevermore
Yes, I know what happened next
and that makes all the difference

Maude Carolan Pych

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