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THE FINAL STEP (Mark 14: 32-42)

 

 

I have slept in Gethsemane,

Lacking the sense

Of immanent pain

My Master bears.

His sorrow

Has been my pillow,

And I have slumbered

In the shadow

Of a dying God.

Because I cannot look upon

The final step that Love must walk,

He kneels alone,

And trembling

Takes the proferred cup

For Him and me.

 

“Wake up!” He says;

“Though you could not watch with me—

Though you could not

Embrace my task—

I have met my fear alone,

To seal the bonds of brotherhood,

That we might live at one.”

 

–Elton D. Higgs

10/15/78

 

Photo: “Christ in the Garden” by Caravaggio. Public Domain. 

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