It is not enough

It is not enough for him to die.
It is not enough for him to offer up
his pain, to offer us his wincing scars:
touch my hand;
my open, scored side;
trace the welts and weals of the thorns
that crowned my head.
It is not enough for him to suffer,
to shoulder all the world’s sorrows.
The grave is not sufficient ransom.
Death can never be our satisfaction.

It is not to wash his wounds
that Thomas falls at his feet.
It is not to mourn, but to worship one
who has more than his pain to offer us.
He comes in peace.
He comes with impossible, indelible life.
He comes back, just for us and Thomas;
he comes with unquenchable love.

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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