Friday, March 11, 2011

Lenten Poem

Lenten Observance

The first day of lent came and went
And all good men should flee from sin
And come to Jesus and repent.
But should the day be a season?
And if so, have you a reason?
Jesus died and rose again.
And rising thus, we live in Him.
To die with Him is all His pain
To live with Him is all our gain.
And in this season of repentance
Let us live in this new sentence.
"Redeemed, justified, and free!"
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee.

But what ought we to do for Lent?
Should we not give up some thing?
What has a hold upon your heart?
To which muse would you sing?
Would it be to love divine?
Or, is it mostly the stuff of "Mine!?
If to love you bow your knees,
Then in Christ is joy and peace.
But if "Mine!" is the god you seek
Wash in Christ from that foul reek.
And then to love in love proclaim
"Set free from death and sin and shame!"
And with the host of saints around
Rejoice in Christ our Lord, and crown.

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