A Gethsemane prayer

For once, just for once you tried
to lay your burdens, those acquired
from crowds and children,
a collection of tax collectors,
sinners and scribes along the way –
for once, just for once you tried
to lay them on the shoulders of
the strongest men, sons of thunder,
who sank like stones into slumber.
Your light and easy yoke overcame
their heavy lids, their heavy hearts.
Just once you tried, and we let you down.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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