Death as a Tool of Love, Blood as a Bleach

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

~ William Cowper

He has delivered us from the power of darkness
and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins.

~ St. Paul

How well chosen wine was
to stain our souls with remembrance!
He knew how it burst, vivid,
from the flushed skins of grapes
grown for this sacramental crushing:
a shocking red, unforgettable as blood
a rich brew in the cup, a bitter,
burning in the throat, a warmth within,
chosen well to each our lintels
with the paradoxes of
a high priest bound to his own altar,
death as a tool of love,
and blood as a bleach.

~ Luci Shaw

Good thoughts for Good Friday.
Be still.
Listen.
Remember.
Give thanks.

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4 thoughts on “Death as a Tool of Love, Blood as a Bleach

  1. Wonderful compilation of quotes….especially the Luci Shaw.   From which of her books?
    I will use these thoughts for my walk this afternoon.  It’s pretty here…about 65 degrees, sunny, and little windy.

  2. Oh, precious is the flowThat makes me white as snow;No other fount I knowNothing but the blood of Jesus.Loved your emphasis on the blood of Jesus, and the Luci Shaw piece.  Rich.Blessed Resurrection Day to you.

  3. Dana, Luci Shaw’s poem comes from A Widening Light: Poems on the Incarnation.  There is a section on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.Poiema, that hymn went through my mind also.

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