Christian poems are frequently found on sympathy or Get-well cards. Occasionally poetic words are employed to encourage or to give thanks. Exceptional rhythms of the Christian poems of the past often become the praise songs or hymns of today.
I don't always write poetry for the sculptures that I create. However, there are instances when poetry gives a necessary verbal dimension to the visual composition. It was the case for this piece, The Supreme Gift. It is 24x24"on a wood panel.
The poem below sought to express possibilities that I had not considered before, as I thought about Psalm 23, written by David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, long before Jesus was born.
Surely Jesus must have been taught Psalm 23 like every other
little Jewish boy. Mary, His mother, might have whispered its precious
words to Him. Perhaps He too had to memorize it, as so many have since it
was first penned. I wonder how old He was when He understood the full implication of it's words. Psalm 23 has calmed and comforted so many over the years that I have to imagine that Jesus also availed of its power!
When He endured the ordeal of the cross years later, were those words on His mind?
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
Yet will I not fear, for thy rod and staff they comfort me...."
Jesus quoted from Psalm 22 while on the cross; but did He draw His strength from Psalm 23? In those final grueling hours did He remain steadfast, trusting in the promise of those words and the Father who stood behind them?
Did He ponder the mystery of being both the Lamb of God and the Shepherd? Something to think about, isn’t it?
clues in a psalm
now our only hope
a little Lamb
too small to cope
His role reversed
Lamb with the sheep
one and the same
as you worked
the glorious plan
did you lisp
the precious psalm
were the words
a soothing balm
taught to you
to brave the nails
as you walked through
Death’s dark vale
you could not fail
to gift to me
more than a psalm
power that keeps me
free from harm