Friday, June 1, 2007

Yahweh & Man: a narrative of redemption (Part 2: The Now)

Communion
sweet fellowship
openness
beauty
peace
contentment
joy
love

Pride
apple
disobedience

Jealousy
shame
lust
killing
lies
ugliness
bitterness
separation

* * *
Dear God, what have we done?
Given choice,
we chose the darkness.
and now, shattered,
we lie in pieces on the ground.
Broken,
bleeding,
our hearts keep wandering.
In our areas of “strength,”
we are actually
most weak.
And the hardest thing is:

we can never put ourselves
together again.

* * *

The separation from you is so great …
How are we then
to ever come close to you?
To ever pay enough recompense
to cover the depth of
our guilt?

On our own,
It is impossible .
But because of your perfect love,
you have made a way;
you have covered us,
canceled our sin
and washed us clean.

Only You.

* * *

From the highest glory
to the lowest poverty,

God of all
Stepped into time.

Who would have thought
that Almighty Holy God
would ever become human?
It makes no sense
to our limited minds –
this God and man
in one being.
But then again,
what of God can we grasp?

* * *

They called him Jesus.
And no one quite knew what to make of him.

He was a person,
was
a Jew,
was a son and brother …
but didn’t there seem to be more?
He was called a prophet,
a teacher,
yet his words were more than just facts.
They were words of authority,
as though Jesus himself were
the originator of such thoughts.

And see his life –
evidence in every minute
of the God he was:
communion with the Father,
power to perform miracles,
compassion for the children,
the prostitute,
the demon-possessed,
the widow,
and always perfection

In paradox,
at the same time,
he was clearly man
who needed shelter,
who cried,
who was hungry,
who had friends …
who died.

* * *

For sin that causes death,
death is required.
And animal sacrifices had been the means

throughout Jewish history.
Does it not make sense then
that to finally
pay for it all,
the perfect sacrifice
would need to die?

1 comment:

Squid said...

You're a great writer Lisa! What a wonderful talent to have.

-Lori