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One Week to Live

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Joyce Johnson
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0 posted 04-14-2011 03:12 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Joyce Johnson



There is something about palm branches,
The halleluiahs and hoorays
That separate Palm Sunday
From the following dark days.

They came en masse to laud him
With fever running high
They turned away to save themselves
When danger edged too nigh.

Only a few would follow Him
As he walked towards his grave.
Only a few would honor Him
For coming to Earth to save.

Would you have been among the few
Who dared to call Him King?
Or among those who shouted crucify,
His unearned death to bring?

If I had lived in those days
And been blessed to see my Lord,
I pray I would have stayed with Him
And heard His final word.

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

By:  Joyce Johnson 4/13/11


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Margherita
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1 posted 04-14-2011 05:16 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

With the love we feel now for Jesus, we really can't imagine abandoning Him then, but even His own disciple Peter denied Him, though he cried bitter tears afterwards ... it is so sad and we can just pray as you do so beautifully, dear Joyce, in your moving poem.

Love,
Margherita

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2 posted 04-16-2011 01:49 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

This is exquisite, Joyce.  I feel an immediate need for a very good composer to set this to music as I would LOVE to sing this as a hymn in church.

Owl
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3 posted 04-22-2011 11:43 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

How I'd love to hear Owl sing your beautiful lines, Joyce.  Hind sight tells us we'd have stayed with our Savior in His last hours, but your great insight bears the truth that we are weak and should not judge the actions of another.

This timely, truthful piece is a real blessing to us, Joyce.  Thank you so much.

God bless,
Rae
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4 posted 05-12-2011 12:48 PM       View Profile for Word Weaver   Email Word Weaver   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Word Weaver's Home Page   View IP for Word Weaver

Beautifully written Joyce. I agree with Owl - it would make for a lovely hymn.

 
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