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October 24, 2016

 

Is It Wrong?

 

(Confounded by Mercy)

 

is it wrong that I say “I hope he dies!”

serving as I do the Lord of mercy

seeing the lives his has destroyed

knowing a pain that will never die

owning the largest part of his curse

owning the smallest part of their pain

 

is it wrong that I say “I hope he dies!”

serving as I do the Lord of mercy

knowing that I once deserved only death

 

yet I am a man, with children in my care

and the father part of who I am cries out

“I hope this monster dies in pain unloved!”

 

I am at sea, tossed about and blown

askew by contrary winds and waves

that alike demand mercy and justice

 

but I have been confounded by mercy

have scarce escaped my own justice

can I demand what I no longer fear?

be poured upon one who knows not

the God Who died to save his life

Who also died to save mine

 

how can I demand he die estranged

when I myself have been saved

 


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