In death and love: a poem on baptism

January 12th, 2013 Post by

300x148xpouring-baptism-300x148.jpg.pagespeed.ic.DVN-prSm8qIn death and love I caught her,
when her life was held by her hate;
I found her in the water,
and I drowned beneath her weight.
    The guilt that she had was heavy –
    was enough to flood all the earth –
    yes, it was enough to levy
    the wages of sinners from birth.

In death and love I caught her,
by her unbelief so bound,
that when her Maker sought her,
she didn’t want to be found.
    She couldn’t seek and find me;
    she could only choose to leave;
    To her, my wrath defined me –
    her wrath wouldn’t let her believe.

In death and love I caught her,
her lungs, full of water, gasped,
and in my arms I brought her
what no spirit but mine has grasped –
    I gave her the end of all sorrow,
    I gave her the end of all strife;
    I gave her a new tomorrow,
    I gave her the end of her life.

In death and love I caught her,
and plunged her beneath the waves
till the old Adam who had taught her
was silenced. He no longer raves.
    Now Adam and Eve are rejoicing,
    And Noah is sending the dove,
    And Miriam’s chorus is voicing
    The triumphs of me and my love.

In death and love I caught her,
and pulled her alive from the flood;
with death and life I bought her,
with precious and holy blood.
    I gave her a new beginning,
    I gave her the water and Word,
    I gave her the end of sinning,
    I gave her myself, her Lord.


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  1. David Preus
    January 12th, 2013 at 15:30 | #1

    Very good poem, Mark. God is gracious–in spite of us.

  2. Jan Anguish
    January 15th, 2013 at 22:33 | #2

    Wonderful, Pastor Preus. Simply wonderful.

  3. Rolf Preus
    January 16th, 2013 at 09:29 | #3

    Mark, this is beautiful poetry. Thank you!

  4. Spenglergeist
    January 17th, 2013 at 22:49 | #4

    Moving and beautiful.

  5. Shelly Draeger
    February 13th, 2013 at 18:15 | #5

    This is the most beautiful poem I have ever read. Thank you for sharing!

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