James Tipp

Rookie - 408 Points (20-06-1945 / East London)

Good Friday Meditation Do We Understand - Poem by James Tipp

Good Friday Meditation before an Agape

We reclined and ate the meal, not understanding
But then we understood so little.
We thought this was so familiar, so very old
Yet it was the beginning of new things.
The bread was ordinary, nothing unusual
The actions were just the same, breaking offering
Yet the words surprised us and we never understood
But then we understood so little.
The same with the cup so familiar
Yet O so very different, and still we never understood.
He washed our feet, we never understood
We went to the garden we slept, not understanding
He prayed, his understanding not a problem.


So now we sit in the twenty-first century
He sits among us and we don’t understand
We take bread break it, the words now familiar
Yet still we need to fully understand
As we are fully understood.
We drink the cup he gives us
Needing to wash each other’s feet
To understand his purpose fully
Being called to follow is costly, painful
He served at table washed their feet


So do we understand any better
From the distance of time.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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