In Jesus’ Name

John 14:13-14 “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

What if I were to say:
No matter what I say,
no matter if I beg or plead
or curse or kick or swear,
you are not to give me
what I most desire?
What if I were to say
all this
then ask for it
in Jesus’ Name?

Too easy. What if
I were to risk my life,
my soul, my sanity
on an errand of love,
a noble cause which
must not fail:
what if I were to ask
not for my life
but for another
in Jesus’ Name?

What if I were to threaten
to curse God and die?
What if I could not fathom
the depth of your “no”,
the mercy of refusal,
the grace of your averted eyes?
Whatever you ask
in my name, is what you said.
Whatever the Hell
did you mean by it?

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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