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G is for Good Friday

Yesterday, Christians around the world fasted and prayed and pondered the passion of the Lord on Good Friday. This dark day led to the brightest victory the world has ever known, as Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and the grave.

Ever since that day, poets have penned words of faith, focused on this monumental milestone of eternity.

British Romantic poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) may be best remembered for her classic Christmas verse, titled “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and her lengthier poem, “Goblin Market.” Her brother was artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who created her pensive portrait (see photo).

Rossetti, one of my more favorite wordsmiths of all time, wrote these lines about the day on which the Savior died. This poem, also known as “Beneath Thy Cross,” offers deep devotion, mixes with grief and grace.
Good Friday, by Christina Rossetti

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?
Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;
Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon--
I, only I.
Yet give not o'er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

Last year’s A to Z post: Grainy Goodness

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Christina Rossetti, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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  1. Sweet blog on poetry, artists, and reflections. I love that "Bleak Midwinter" song.

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  2. I like this poem. There are quite a few of hers I enjoy. Thank you!

  3. A thought provoking poem indeed. I'm sure there are many people who, through the ages, have felt very much like their hearts were made of stone. And yet with just one touch, Jesus can turn that heart of stone to a heart of flesh. Amazing isn't it?
    All it takes is a desire to be forgiven and accepted by the most high God.
    This comment is too long already. Blessings, Geoff.

  4. Beautiful, Linda, thank you for sharing that poem; my Good Friday theme was on my F day, Friday! The best to you and all your wonderful writings. God bless ❤ from Little "S",



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