A Cruciform Life – I

by Jeff Rainwater, 5 February 2017, Cheyenne, WY

I have no enemies
I once believed
then you told me
to love them.
Now I have enemies
And something more,
for a life encompassing
love and foe alike
must also embrace
the Cross.
Prophets’ burden,
Lovers’ gift.
To speak truth
no matter the toll,
to pray and not strike,
to forgive.
If I am to lift a cross,
Lord, I beg, lead me first
to your Table
where I may be fed
at a place where
one day enemies
might become
something more —
friends.

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