We join the Christian world today celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May all of you be filled with the hope and joy that Christ’s life and resurrection makes possible.
Please enjoy the following poem I wrote in honor of this day:
Just about two thousand years ago this year when you were just thirteen
Your mother found you in the temple and asked you where you’d been
You asked her if she did not wish for you to be about your “Father’s business”
Then returned with her to Galilee where you grew in strength and wisdom
Though Gospel writers don’t tell us much about the next ensuing years
I wonder if you worried about your role, or if you looked ahead in fear
You knew that you’d suffer agonizing pain in the Garden of Gethsemane
With your “Father’s business” your foremost goal – you accepted willingly
Falsely accused and wrongly tried you were condemned by mortal men
You condescended to be put to death, proving your commitment once again
To your “Father’s business” that started years ago with your mortal birth
And which you diligently followed each day you spent living here on earth
Now two thousand years later I look in awe at your lifelong commitment
To do everything that was needed to complete your “Father’s business”
To provide a way for even one like me to look forward to the resurrection
Thanks only to your enabling grace and a life lived to perfection.
This year Mary and I are down in Ecuador for this Semana Santa
But we will worship you just the same here on the day they call Pascua
And commit again to make needed changes to our non-Christ like behavior
To conform our lives to the example set by our loving Lord and Savior.
He is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
(All pictures were taken from free image sites on the internet.)
Life is good in Ecuador.