lenten journal: sunday sonnet #25


    First the news of Lazarus dying
    before Jesus had time to get there —
    Then the image of Jesus crying
    must have giv’n the disciples a scare . . .

    He got to the tomb and called out his friend,
    with the others saying, “He stinketh” –
    they had no idea death was no end,
    Jesus said, “Death is not what you thinketh.”

    God showed Ezekiel a valley of death
    then gift wrapped bones in new life and skin –
    God’s subversive pow’r in every breath:
    in our endings is where God begins

    touching that miraculous circumstance
    where the blind ones see and the dry bones dance*


    *with grateful appreciation to Mark Heard

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