A Poem for Lent...
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I’VE READ THE END OF THE BOOK
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—
The disciples didn’t have
the advantage I have—
They didn’t understand
life after death
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
The ending wasn't written yet!
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
"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"
by Maude Carolan Pych
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