Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Writing in the Sand

They went each to his own house,but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 7:53-8:11

Writing in the Sand

The water is high and cold
waves rising forcing our summer words
into the deep beyond.

Gulls above taunts us
as we look for signs
we seek love and forgiveness
on this frozen shore.

If memory serves me well
it was just a season or two
when everything but love
was washed out to sea.

We can remember our crimes
our misdemeanors haunt us
but all has been washed away
all is forgiven.

The one who wrote the love note
wrote it in the sand
forgiveness for the miserable offenders
a home for the wayward
in the arms of God.

Stand with us by the cold ocean
sing the songs that we remember
love has not forgotten
the message is always clear
God in the highest heaven
has made us children again.

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