Sunday, March 29, 2020

The End of the Book...

Until Resurrection Day

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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
Tony drummed home the point
that everything may look bleak on Friday, but…
come Sunday…Sunday changes everything!

Now, I’m not thinking of just any dark and 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
a few 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 realize
they were in the middle of miracles
Didn’t know the future—
Sure, they may have read portions of the Scrolls
but they didn’t have the whole wonderful Book
I do have the whole Book
I’ve read ahead
and studied the pages      
I know that what follows
the Good Friday story
is the victorious hope-giving
hallelujah happy ending

I know my sins are forgiven
know I’m going to live forever
Yes, I know what happened next
and that makes all the difference

Maude Carolan Pych

Note: The above poem is one of 98 included in my new book, "Behold the Lamb...poetically!" Elm Hill Press. You can order it online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For information, go to

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