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April 8-11, 2022

 

"This Easter innumerable Christians who have lived in terror of death for two years will gather to pay lip-service to a resurrection hope they have failed to apply. Without repentance, this will be nothing more than a hollow religious act and a bad testimony to the world." Pastor Aaron Rock

 

you say "terror" so carelessly, so flippantly

so assuredly, as if we were all afraid to die

who dutifully followed government guidances

as though you had not even tried to see

a difference between terror and precaution

as though standing firm on your conclusion

that all who did the best they knew and could

to obey their Lord's command to love

were wrong, were utterly and hopelessly wrong

as though you had the corner on Truth

as though you held a faith so certain, so sure

you did not even need to try to understand

a faith differently lived than yours

 

but contrary to your words

 

I will go to church this Easter and rejoice

not with futile and misplaced lip service

but in the One Who died and lives for me

 

I will go to church this Easter and rejoice

not because these two years I have feared death

but because these many years I have known life

 

I will go to church this Easter and rejoice

I will rejoice because my Father loves me

He loves me simply because He is love

 

but contrary to your words

 

I will rejoice in Him not only as I am in church

I will rejoice in Him in whatever way He leads

I will rejoice in Him in every breath He gives

 

I will rejoice in God my Saviour

I will worship Him alone

 


On Easter Sunday, 2022

A poem by Peter Rhebergen
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