The Poetry of Lent – Mats

(Mark 2: 1-12)

We took a chance the four of us
Lowering our friend down
Through the roof.
What if Jesus became angry,
Or the crowd,
Shocked by our sudden presence in their midst,
Shooed us away.

But our friend was totally paralyzed,
Maybe Jesus could heal him.
We had to try.

And you know the story,
We’ve read it too.
Our friend was made well,
Picked up his mat,
Hallelujah! And all but skipped!

(In the Book it doesn’t say that he shouted
But I tell you as witness,
He did!)

~Alice Schultze