(Psalm 6:6, 30:5,
126:6, Luke 6:21)
I Cried All Night
I cried all night
But morning came
And God had wiped
My tears away.
(Psalm 31:24, Isaiah 35:4)
All You Who Hope
All you who hope
In God, be strong,
Take heart, he will
Correct all wrongs.
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Sonnet 98 (Barabbas)
I can’t believe they set me free. That man,
So peaceful, self-assured, prepared to die–
Even Pontius Pilate, who’s no fan
Of Jews, said he had done no wrong. I’ll fly
Down this road fast as this gray donkey can
Trot, far from crosses silhouetted high
On Calvary, the symbols of the plans
By Rome to rule by fear. I want to cry
When my own countrymen, my fellow Jews,
Meekly obey the goons and clowns from Rome
Who wield the swords and shields. I have a chance
Again to stir rebellion, as I choose.
How foolish was that Jesus to come home,
Claiming he was a prophet. Such romance!
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Listen, God’s call
For you is loud,
But you can’t hear–
You are too proud.
God to Moses
The Lord’s command—
You won’t go in
The Promised Land.
Let me say how I see myself:
You’ll know me better than before.
I ask for your indulgence;
Don’t grab your coat and push the door.
I’ve lived in places ‘round the world
And given viewpoints careful thought.
I feel a good way to begin
Is to inform you what I’m not.
If I said I’m a Communist,
You’d listen with an open mind.
They say they’re for equality
And that objective fits your lines.
And if I told you I was gay,
You might say you are liberal, too.
What other people do in rooms
Doesn’t matter much to you.
If I said I’m in real estate,
Had made a fortune from my plan,
You’d stick around to hear the spiel,
So you’d get rich quick, too, on land.
And if I talked of hatred of
Folks for the color of their skins,
I bet that some would listen,
Hoping racial hate would win.
If I said I loved drugs and sex,
You might want to join in my game.
You might be one to go along,
Neglecting health, neglecting shame.
And if I said my skin was green
Or blue, or gender was unknown,
And wanted crayons and safe space,
You’d follow me across time zones.
So when I say that I’m a Christian
I wonder why you close your ears.
Why do you close your “open mind”
And flood your mind and heart with fears?
I only said I was a Christian.
I didn’t poke you in the face,
I didn’t hit you with a Bible
Or occupy your private space.
I only want to tell you I
Believe in Christ, Christ crucified,
His body buried in a guarded tomb
While men lost heart and women cried.
That man came back to life again
And ate a fish and honeycomb.
He gave disciples more commands,
Ascended to his holy home.
You might say it’s a fairy tale,
That there’s no life once people die.
If you can prove He didn’t rise,
Then I will bid my faith good-bye.
You hear about hypocrisy,
Not of the good works of the Lord:
How people’s lives have changed for good,
How people are revived, restored.
No, you will hear about the troubles−
That is what makes the stories sell.
You’ll seldom see them cover it
If God has made a crushed man well.
The Gospel’s name means it’s Good News,
News of salvation and God’s light.
God’s Good News is His love for you . . .
Thank you for listening tonight.
New International Version
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
First, Last, Last, First
First will be last,
Last will be first,
Worst will be best,
Best will be worst.
(Psalm 119:83, 140)
Your word to me
Is like pure gold:
I love it though
I’m growing old.