The SEVEN

Father forgive them, for they know not what they do
(Luke 23:34).

Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise
(Luke 23:43).

Woman, behold your son: behold your mother
(John 19:26-27).

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).

I thirst (John 19:28).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
(Luke 23:46).

It is finished (John 19:30).



Wednesday, March 27, 2013






































The word of Triumph

It is finished

John 19:30

(photo by Pastor Keith)




It Is Finished.

Look.
Can you see the victory?
There, the wood of the cross stands silent,
offers instruction in silence,
in shadow, we weep,
the moment unending,
unending, stretching out into
the minutes that mark
our lives fixed here, in darkness.

But look,
a light in the darkness.
Yes, a light,
Life, not death.
Let not your eyes deceive you.
Blink. Tears make clear what we see only in shadow,
what we dare to dream.
Look. See.
Let all resolve into hope,
hope beyond, beyond the vastness of infinite
creation, the mountains, the seas, galaxies,
the primal heat of a thousand thousands suns,
All being made new, transformed,
death to life, the power of death broken, shattered,
shards eroding into dust carried on the wind.
We shall not diminish death, its pain,
pain that sears the soul, tears,
leaves love bleeding, weeping,
unending memories that long for healing.
The scars that remain.

We shall not diminish what is lost.
We grieve.
Echoes of words still being heard,
I thirst, I thirst, I thirst,
words living still in our thoughts.
We shudder,
a son is dead.

My God, why have you forsaken me?
Abandonment shall not claim the final word, nor death.
There is no shadow without light,
And in him was light, the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
Look, in the light love breathes,
it lives, it flourishes,
grace in all its beauty, wonder,
the glory of the heavens bursting forth
in song, singing, praising,
our souls stilled

It is finished,
can you see the victory?
In patience we pause,
not to ponder what has been lost,
but that in Christ
we have been found and found forever,
the love of God written
in living words that shall not fade,
shall not fail, love,
dwelling, abiding, defining us forever. 

Monday, March 25, 2013







































THE SEVENTH WORD
The word of Triumph

It is finished
John 19:30

(photo by Pastor Keith)


THE SEVENTH WORD
The word of Triumph

It is finished
John 19:30

(photo by Pastor Keith)

THE SEVENTH WORD
The word of Triumph

It is finished
John 19:30

(photo by Pastor Keith)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

THE SIXTH WORD
The Word of Reunion

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
Luke 23:46

(photo by Pastor Keith)
 



THE SIXTH WORD
The Word of Reunion

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

(Luke 23:46)





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Seven Last Words Week Six
http://sevenlastwordsforlent.blogspot.com/

THE SIXTH WORD
The Word of Reunion
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit 
(Luke 23:46)

THE SIXTH WORDThe Word of Reunion

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
Luke 23:46

(photo by Kristin Berkey-Abbott)

Monday, March 18, 2013

THE SIXTH WORD
The Word of Reunion

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
(Luke 23:46)

Thursday, March 14, 2013


THE FIFTH WORD

The Word of Distress

I THIRST
John 19:28

(photo by Pastor Keith) 



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 



THE FIFTH WORD
 
The Word of Distress

I THIRST
John 19:28

(photo by Pastor Keith) 
 
 
 
 
 
 




THE FIFTH WORD
The Word of Distress

I THIRST
John 19:28

(photo by Kristin Berkey-Abbott)
THE FIFTH WORD


The Word of Distress
I thirst (John 19:28)

(Photo by Kristin Berkey-Abbott)

Monday, March 11, 2013

























THE FIFTH WORD

The Word of Distress
I thirst (John 19:28)

(Photo by Pastor Keith)

Faith seems 
so easy for some, 
you know the ones, 
joyous, at peace, aglow.
One wonders 
if they have as much peace in their soul 
as on their brows, smooth, relaxed,
or in their easy laugh.
Would they tell me their secret?
Share that chapter of their lives when it all came together
for them.

I thirst, 
find a sip here and there, 
the desert air drying my bones that long to live
and live and live,
uneasy, often fearful that the waters
may evaporate, muddied shallow pools,
cracking earth, gone. 

I thirst,
and Christ breaks through
and my heart and my soul
beat with all the jazz of heaven 
and in the ecstasy of the moment
thunderstorms rain down,
I run around mouth agape,
foolish, mad, a gleeful child all at once. 
And the pools fill, the ponds, the lakes.
Will it rain tomorrow, if it rained today?
One question to another: 
To journey on or sit the quiet waters by?
To risk and trust,
to live without concern for clouds



Sunday, March 10, 2013



THE FIFTH WORD

The Word of Distress

I thirst (John 19:28)

(Photo by Pastor Keith)

Friday, March 8, 2013


THE FOURTH WORD
"My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?"
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).

Faith should bear its doubts,
more with pride then shame,
The tension of belief and unbelief
marking one thirsting to know God more deeply,
honestly, God's shoulders broad enough to bear all. 
How quick we are to dismiss with a word,
the rawness of pain,
the wound, 
the bitterness of tears, 
the tightness of the throat, 
a broken soul.
Forsakenness stares down our discomfort with doubt.
Defies our discomfort and soothing words
that insult both God and us. 
For only when we have nothing, can we have everything.








Wednesday, March 6, 2013


THE FOURTH WORD
 "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?"
 (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
The Word of Abandonment
(photo by Pastor Keith)


Where will tomorrow go?
All fear and mist,
all darkness, the primal scream
without release.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
I walk the highways, broken glass and stone,
Everything is rust.
All the windows rolled up,
cars tinted dark see me invisible.
I see the cross everywhere, empty,
The thinnest hope,
echoes of promise
breaking the stillness of the night.  

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


THE FOURTH WORD
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
The Word of Abandonment
(photo by Pastor Keith)

There are no footprints in the sand, are there?
Not in the life I know.
The shore of life is rocky, hard, often unforgiving;
our feet complaining every step, 
We see nothing, the distance stretching out,
to a horizon beyond the beyond. 
We walk in loneliness, often.
We pray, we cry out to God in faith,
taking no comfort in a pithy phrase or cheery quip. 
It is no sin to thirst deeply for God, 
when in our parched souls
the doubt and fear of the 
forsakeness of God may deem to dwell;
God can take our doubt, expects it,
the tension in which we humans live,
live and death, faith and doubt, trust and fear,
the nearness of God through it all,
strong in compassion,  unwavering in love. 


THE FOURTH WORD
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
The Word of Abandonment
(photo by Kristin Berkey-Abbott)

Monday, March 4, 2013


THE FOURTH WORD
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
The Word of Abandonment
(photo by Pastor Keith)

THE FOURTH WORD
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me
(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
The Word of Abandonment
(photo by Pastor Keith)