7 :: “Today you will be with me…”

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“7” Last Statements of Jesus
Spoken from the Cross: Week 2

“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:43

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Matt Durbin (c) 2010

Breath

Jesus, why are you

up here

with me,             why

is our blood

mixing                with dirt,

why do our lungs

heave out                as if

we have

the same spirit

in us

begging          to be            set free?

Why do we          keep

breathing,

                                            each inhalation,

                                                                                 a gasp.

All           I want             to do

is breathe out

a final                time.

 Are you               a criminal,

what have you

                             stolen, what law

                                                                     have you broken? Exhale.

I inhale

                                your air.

The weight                                       of it

does not            rise

off              my chest.

Why must

                            this suffering

     last                       so long?

God, just this

breathing

                                          is agony—

                                                                      guilt

and        grace,

                                    guilt          and

grace,       guilt

                                                        and grace,

where           is

                                     Your paradise?

~ Sarah M. Wells (C) 2010

This post was previously featured as the “7” virtual art-walk series. Click here to find out more about it. Also, don’t miss the Embodied series during this Lenten season, as well as scripture reflections every Monday.

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

______________________

(c) 2018 Jody Thomae

God's Creative Gift by Jody ThomaeJody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts and has had the JodyThomaeCDcoverart_FA_printopportunity to perform, teach, choreograph, preach, coordinate and lead workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved.
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.

 

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