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Apr 13 in Musings
I don’t consider myself a poet, though two or three time a year I will at least scratch out a few lines or the outline of something to come back to later. But every year since 2001 I have “received” a poem during Lent. I never really sit down to think about it, but inevitably an idea gets my attention and it feels like...a poem. A poem for Good Friday. It just happened this week for the seventeenth time, and I’ll read it tonight as part of our Good Friday worship service at 7pm. Attached is the one from last year, 2016. I hope it helps draw you into Jesus’ journey, and prepares you for the great hope of Easter morning.
See you soon,
            Pastor Dan
 
Bittersweet
A dazed man exits the hospital,
eyes open wider than usual,
tears pooling happily at the edges.
With warbled voice he shares
he is a new daddy.
Oh that baby, sweet little baby.
Never knew I could love so deep.
Love, love, love that baby.
 
Christmas Eve bells ring over
the quiet street as a weary woman
leaves midnight church
still glowy with mangered candlelight,
she smiles, then again, then again.
Oh that baby, sweet little baby.
Never knew I could love so deep.
Love, love, love that baby...Jesus.
 
The twelve year-old boy is found,
after a frantic search-
calm, poised, using an older man’s voice
to teach the already-wise as though
he had ages of wisdom.
Oh, that boy, sweet little boy.
Never knew I could love so deep.
Love, love, love that child...Jesus.
 
Dark now, night during day,
clouds loom with violence.
Sharp spikes pin agony to wood,
and nothing muffles the whimpered pain.
My God, my God.
Father, forgive us.
How could we love, love, love that boy,
and crucify the man? 
 
                                     - Dan Baumgartner
                                        Good Friday, 2016

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