Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Epiphany 1; The Baptism of Jesus)

JOHN BAPTIZES JESUS

(MATTHEW 3: 13-17)

He takes the light that dances on the flowing surface of the water.
He takes the dancing water that is filled with the flowing light.
He has waded into the river that is umbilical with life.
He is waist deep in the life that flows umbilical through the river.

He stands with the man whose words are pitchers of grace and light.
Stands with the man whose grace is like life, like a flowing river.
He fills his pitcher with the water, with the light, with the flow of life.
He pours it over the man waist deep with him in the water.

Grace descends, glittering, like wings unfurling in the air.
The air shimmers, it dances with sound, sounds of the river
flowing, the water pouring, the men breathing; the light glittering,
grace flooding, the wings beating, words surfacing: God’s son.

He hears, he sees, he is soaked in the sound and the light and the water.
He rejoices in the gift of it, he rejoices in the grace, in the one
who is standing there with him in the water.
For he knows that all of it is goodness. That all is a new beginning.
That all of it is part of God’s river.

Copyright © 2014 by Andrew King

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2 thoughts on “Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Epiphany 1; The Baptism of Jesus)

  1. Steve says:

    This is a marvelous poem, so brimming with Life. I think I will quote
    some of it in Sunday’s sermon, crediting you for your creative gift!
    Thanks.

    • earth2earth says:

      Thanks, Steve, for your kind words. I am delighted that you like the poem well enough to want to quote from it! I appreciate the credit, and your visit to my blog. All the best of blessings to you in 2014!

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