There At the Cross

by - August 14, 2011

I don't know why it happened this morning while I was taking sermon notes — sorry, Mike.
But the words just started pouring forth, so I mopped them up with my pen and notebook,
the paper absorbing ink, finally:

He did not declare His innocence,
although He was.
He did not call them sinners,
though they were.
He called on the Father and Holy Spirit,
although He was our very answer.
He died at the hands of man,
although He is the hand of God.
He died, yet shall we live.

Have you been to the cross?

The cross, an instrument of execution and doom
become the axiom of our faith,
overcome every atrocity,
every injustice,
every wickedness,
every unfaithfulness and unforgiveness,
every vile and bitter thing.

We were lost to Him,
and He came to find us.
Of course we were there at the cross,
drawn there by our sin,
that which He became
in order us to redeem.
He drew us there for our sin
that He could draw us back to Him.

Draw me nearer, Lord.

He came to ruin at human hands,
yet we come to new life by His.
He is the paradox that pardons,
the Great I Am,
that dwells in earthly tent that i am.
He is unrelenting toward my unrighteousness.
He loves me though I'm laughable.
Forgives, and I find favor.
He's patient when I need peace.
He loves the lowly,
and is our rescue that will return.
He is
 all in all
and all I need.

Have you been to the cross?
Come to Christ. Enter in.
He is all you need.

Linking with Graceful Michelle and Emily.

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  1. Yes, I have been to the cross, and I am eternally grateful. We will have eternity to thank Him.

  2. I am loving this especially, Dawn: "He is the paradox that pardons,
    the Great I Am,
    that dwells in earthly tent that i am."

    Nicely written!

  3. Lovely.

    Yes. He. Is. All. I. Need.

    And how often do I forget this? Way too much.

  4. I love that line 'He is the paradox that pardons'. I think you pastor will forgive you - you were worshiping & not writing your shopping list!

  5. Love how you wove the gospel in your piece...

  6. I love all of the paradoxes in this poem! Great job!

  7. a lovely presentation of the gospel...the paradox that pardons..great turn of a phrase...

  8. oh yes! Thank you Father!

  9. So I see I’m not the only one whose sermon notes sometimes take a left turn. :-) I’m glad you captured your thoughts so we can read them. Excellent!

  10. oh my, this gave me goosebumps. your words may have been mopped up by pen and notebook but they rung out shining in the light of the Spirit. I adore all of the paradoxes you mentioned - they are all truly amazing.

    This entire piece I can use during my morning meditations - I will have to do one line per day because each one is so rich and contemplative. Thanks for sharing - this has already enriched my spiritual life and for that I am grateful.

  11. I'm so glad you took the time to pour out the ink upon the page and let this form.

    "He is the paradox that pardons.."

    Beautiful phrase.
    Thank you for sharing!

  12. Lovely! I, too, have written a poem during a sermon at least once. My husband wasn't the preacher, though. :) "Patient when I need peace" - new insight for me. Thanks for this!

  13. your words draw me near the cross, friend. a beautiful, worship-ful write. thank you.

  14. "We were lost to Him, And He came to find us."
    Such incredible, heartwarming words, Dawn!!
    It's beautiful!!


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