The Little Way

The Little Way

Each small sacrifice,
each smaller than the last
for the weight of so many
already mounted upon the tree,
each greater than the first
for the distance across
which those who could not see
still believe.

Each small wound,
the smallest there has ever been,
desired with all love
to be a pearl of great price,
and greater still for its smallness,
upon the royal crown of victory
where the finest of the gems
will ever be
the most exactingly cut.

Bridegroom and Bride

Bridegroom and Bride

The veil lifted at last
gently and slowly, patiently
revealing the face
she has ever longed to see.

Here is Wisdom to look upon,
the beaming glow bearing all Truth,
a caress of breath moves from heart to heart.

The throne at the banquet
rises above the altar–
the wedding garment lifted at last

gently and slowly, patiently
revealing the consummation
of heaven and earth

upon the altar of self-abandon,
laying down for your beloved,
commending your spirit,

a last breath’s sweet caress
across her lips, completely consumed
through the hope of new life.

Ordination

Ordination

At the foot of Golgotha’s slope,
He fell under the weight of mankind
for a last time.

Face down,
breathing into the dust,
prostrate before his ascent,

He gathered all pain and agony
in one breath and arose,
all weakness become might,

to slay mankind’s old enemies,
Sin and Death, and chain the
strong man in his house.