poem for Holy Week

Impassioned by Christ

Gethsemane –
and i am a pebble
pressing against His knee
as He kneels in the garden.

i am a stripe on His back
when He’s beaten
thirty-nine times.
Yes, count them –

thirty-nine times.

i am a thorn
in His crown,
a nail
in His palm,
a cave
where, lifeless,
He’s lain.

i am a hollow
space, an empty
shelf, an unoccupied
self
absent at His revival –
but filled
with passion
at His arrival.

i am forgiven.

I Am Risen.

by Mary Harwell Sayler from poetry book Lost in Faith

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First Christmas

When God Gave Us Jesus
—the One Who would save us—
Heaven could not contain itself.

Light spilled from a star,
heralding His arrival.

The earth burst into life.
Birds called for revival.

And frightened shepherds
trembled like sheep
when angels awakened
their sleep with song
as light as snowflakes,
as powerful as
a tsunami of harmony
pouring onto earth
at Jesus’ birth.

Oh, praise Him!

By Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2017 from poetry book PRAISE!

Going for gold with God

To pass preliminary trials for the Olympics, athletes must train for years. That’s true in gaining spiritual muscle and maturity as a Christian too. However, going through preliminary trials won’t necessarily get us a golden crown. That reward comes if we do the work Jesus said to do. When His disciples asked Him what that was, Jesus replied:

“This is the work of God: believe in The One He has sent,” John 6:29.

No race. No contest. No competing with anyone, including ourselves. Just believe – not, as the world insists by believing in ourselves or other people, but by believing everything our One Lord and Savior Jesus Christ says and does. This public acknowledgment and belief in Him not only gets us a gold crown, but gets us into heaven

Meanwhile, back on the earth, the other gold relates to our living out the Golden Rule. Interestingly, that’s accepted as the gold standard in most cultures and religions. In the Gospels, we go for gold this way:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Luke 6:31. Or, to put it in a more contemporary voice: “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”

That’s the end goal, but how do we get there? With exercise, practice, and little steps such as….

  • At the grocery store, put back the carts as you’d want others to do for you if you worked there.
  • At the cash register, give the clerk the courtesy you want her to use in dealing with you or your kid who’s next in line.
  • On the Internet, post uplifting, insightful, kind, or informative notes, the way you wish other people would.
  • When giving a book review, treat the poet or writer with the same respect you want a reviewer to give to your writings.
  • At church, greet newcomers the way you wish someone had greeted you on your first visit.
  • In marriage or other close relationship, show your loved one the appreciation you enjoy.

The list can go on and on with every golden opportunity to be kind. All we have to do is treat other people and ourselves as though we’re all golden. We are! And, in God’s sight, we are all highly prized.

by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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