Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost +23)

(Matthew 25: 14-30)

It could be me, standing there with the spade,
the crate of money beside me on the ground,
thoughts as bleak as the late-day twilight’s fade,
house lamps all lit but the darkness around

growing within, where fists clench my soul
and I know by the claws the cold-boned fear
that scrapes from my heart’s slender soil a hole
of its own, and leaves there, hidden but near,

shadows of despair. It’s fear of defeat
brings the shovel here, the fear of failure
that digs traps for faith on so many streets,
causes the loss of so much that is treasure.

Faith that fears loss and fails to try, can’t see
that such fear, not loss, is the enemy. And
this too I know: sometimes that has been me.
But maybe the story does not have to end

there – the one with dirt still on his fingers
standing alone in the darkness, the only
thing left to him regret, raw, lingering . . .
What if there’s One who pities the lonely,

the lost, the defeated; who, loving the failed,
the fallen ones, the ones who are broken,
allowed himself to know darkness; was nailed
to the cross; and who rose again, token

of a new day? In the shine of his light
we see all our sad failures overcome;
treasure – a buried soul – redeemed . . . and life,
once again, and not death, will have won.

13 thoughts on “Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost +23)

  1. Jill says:

    Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for this.

  2. wow…wooooow! Thank you for this. Thank you for sharing your gift and your passion. May I have permission to use this in my sermon? Of course, I will give you credit.

  3. Mandy says:

    I find this poem very moving

  4. What a resource for meditation beyond the constraints of the sermon–thank you! Since I’ll be preaching mostly on the other two stewards, may I have your permission to print your poem (with credit, of course) in the bulletin for people to use as a resource for further reflection?

  5. Cindy Simpson says:

    I thank you for this poem, and join the choir asking your permission to share it in a sermon this Sunday, attributing it to you. What a beautiful offering. Gratefully,

  6. I want to join the others in thanking you for this sermon and requesting your permission to copy it to share with my congregation.

  7. Judy and Ed Baseman says:

    Thanks for this insightful poem. Such a gorgeous turn to the light of Christ… I too would like to use it in a sermon (with citation of course)

  8. I too, thank you for the gift of this poem. I’m ending my sermon tomorrow with it – and will give you credit.
    Wonderful evocative words…thank you!

  9. Julie Beck says:

    Andy – thank you for such a wonderful poetic voice…I find myself watching for how the word expresses itself through your voice…thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

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