Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rhoda's discovery

After Acts 12:1-19

I am of no account or station,
a servant to answer doors,
to bring water or wine,
to place food on tables

I hear the knock, and look
to see who calls at this hour
of the night, the others
in prayer for Peter, in chains

I hear the knock, and see
the answer to prayer, and run
to tell the others he is there,
standing at the door, and is it
him or his ghost, his shade

they scoff

But it is him, without chains,
without jailers, standing as
a vision, an answer from God,
an answer to prayer we cannot
believe, an answer to the knocks
on the door of heaven

and I see him, hear him,
astonished, reprimanded,
then justified, 
then saved.

Illustration: Peter Returns, woodcut by Johann Christoph Weigel, 1695.


Poetdoug said...

This is a wonderful poem about the miracle work of God within our lives.
Keep up the good work my friend.
Doug Rose

Mary Harwell Sayler said...

You know, Glynn, I'd never thought about Rhoda in the way I think of Christian poets and writers, but your poem made me see the servant aspect of our work as communicators for Christ. I'll highlight this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog - Thanks.