I wrote this poem during Lent in 1996, back in my college days:
there i was, rejected and dejected, pushed-out and washed-up, scarred and torn, beaten and battered. there i was, prideful and stubborn, sinful and boastful, comfortable and cozy, confident and cool. there i was, ashamed and embarrassed, timid and scared, self-loathing and rotten, filthy and broken. there i was, but there He was, beaten and battered, scorned and mocked, burdened and cursed, crucified and killed. now i am cleaned and cured, strong and pure, forgiven and free, empowered and saved. what i was, what i did, what He was, what He did, so i am His
by David Wollan
I love it because it describes what happens when my story intersects with His story. It describes how who Jesus is and what Jesus has done changes who I am, whose I am, and what I do.
What’s your story? What are you ashamed of, addicted to, overly-prideful of, apathetic about, struggling with, and blind to?
April 13-20 is the most important week of the year. It is the week during which we experience who He was and what He did. It is a week during which we experience again how Jesus takes washed-up, no good sinners like you and me and makes us clean and beautiful.
April 13-20 is Holy Week. It is the week during which we discover again how His story intersects with our story. It begins on Palm Sunday, April 13. The journey continues on Maundy Thursday, as Jesus shares his Last Supper with his friends. Good Friday is the most powerful day of the year. And Easter Sunday is the grand finale. Don’t miss a day.
Come. Come and worship. From the Entry, to the Supper, to the Cross, to the Empty Tomb. Holy Week at Faith Lutheran.
See you there,
Pastor Dave Wollan