Friday, July 12, 2019

Baptismal Waters – v3

Two pitchers, two bowls
Two pair of hands - of the pastor
and the Roman Proconsul

Markers of a life well spent
the Lamb, the King of the Jews

Water poured ritually from pitcher to bowl
hear it clatter and swirl

Close your eyes, feel the liquid on your skin
as you are preacher or Pilate

One dips His hands into the living water
rests them on His head in blessing, a sacrament

The other cups His hands in the deep
washes His hands of Him, their sin,
gives the Son over to the mob,
in verdict and fulfillment

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edited July 15, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v3

edited January 15, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v2
edited January 15, 2019
Holy Water – v2
(edited after contact by a composer who wanted to
use the poem for a choir composition
January 11, 2006 23:25
Holy Water
Mark 1:9-13, 15
&
January 11, 2006 23:45, revised 1/12/06 6:16
Baptismal Waters
Matthew 27:24-26
&
January 11, 2006 23:30
Baptism
(about Dad’t baptism, November 1990)

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