Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Oholah & Oholibah

We deck ourselves
in the leaves we sew
and show off
one to another
a little fashion show
of filthy rags
stained and bloody
but we strut
down life's runway
to vaunt the vileness
and left to ourselves
we would amuse
and abuse
one another
until the end of time
when the lights go out
and the show's over.
Thank God
that's not the only life
Thank God
that He provides another
Thank God
for blood and graveclothes
Thank God
they were left behind
Thank God
that we may walk again
decently and modestly
bathed in blood
yes
but not ours
and clothed
yes
but not with our works
waiting for the end of time
yes
but not mocking it
looking
rather
to our great launderer
to our redeemer
who did not leave our souls depraved
or deprived of life
but is life itself
whose power is perfected in our weakness
and who bids all men
come
and he who is thirsty may
come
take of the water without price, and you hungry
come
and eat the bread of life, Jesus
come
and the Spirit and the Bride say
come.

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