Sayings from the Cross: The Second Word

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The Second Word

By Doug Jackson

And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Today you’ll be with Me in paradise –
A garden fastness, walled against the heat
Of city stone, a quiet place to lie
And rest ‘till pounding pulses cease to beat.
They heaved his busted bones upon the heap
Of dead malefactors destined for the dogs
To worry. Far from where his new Lord sleeps
His common grave the Paschal new moon mocks.
But jasper walls enclose a four-square home
Where broken souls walk whole in quiet scenes,
Where Trees of Life break forth in constant bloom,
And no one there is common or unclean.
The mind will not call common what is walled,
Nor God Himself reject whom Christ has called.


Doug Jackson is a preacher/professor/poet who after a quarter-century in the pastorate now teaches spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, and Greek for the Logsdon Seminary program at the South Texas School of Christian Studies in Corpus Christi. His collection of poetry, Nothing There is Not More, is available from Finishing Line Press.


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