Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Atonement is in the Blood

As we draw near to Passover and Good Friday, I would like to share a poem that I wrote about an experience I had last year at this time...

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Good Friday 2014, Packanack Lake, New Jersey
“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” Joel 2:30-31 NASB

The alarm went off at 3:00 a.m., Tuesday
We went outdoors to gaze at the sky
hoping to get a glimpse
of the first blood moon of the tetrad—
Passover, 2014

It was there, but we couldn’t see it
Dense clouds obscured our view

Blood moon or not, this week is crimson—
I’ve been thinking about blood in the Nile
blood on the lintels
death of the firstborn sons

Today is Good Friday
I am meditating upon the atonement
the Cross and death of the Savior

I bought blood oranges in Fairway, yesterday
Had one for breakfast

Now it’s evening—
I’m on my way to the Good Friday service
at the Jerusalem Center in Wayne
As I drive down Osborne Terrace
approaching Packanack Lake
the sky is incredible—amazing—red as blood
fiery red, red like I’ve never seen it before

As the setting sun shines on the still lake
the water mirrors the brilliant crimson firmament
and I think of old Moses
as he dipped his staff into the Nile river

At the Jerusalem Center, the dancers
extol the Lamb Who was slain, and
Jonathan speaks of the sun setting and rising—
endings and beginnings

and I feel God may be telling us something, or
am I so strongly aware of Him this holy week
that I am seeing Him everywhere
and in every blessed thing

Maude Carolan Pych


  1. Thank you again, Maude. Your poetry is a personal blessing as part of my Easter preparation.

  2. Barbara, I appreciate your comment. I'll never forget that amazing sunset last Good Friday. I was in my car with a friend. I kept exclaiming, "Look at the sunset! Wow! Look at the sky! Look at the lake!" Truly, I never saw anything like it before or since. I know God was in it. I had to write that poem.