A Jubilate Sonnet



What is this joy that none can take from me?
Is there a happiness that has more pow’r
Than pain, than guilt, than life’s sad final hour?
Could eyes that earth can grant such heaven see?

Or could it fill the widow’s lonely heart?
Or could it stop the addict’s endless ache?
Or could it from the dust the corpses wake
And from their silence some new singing start?

To eyes that widen in the joyous sight
Of family, work well done, and children grown;
To eyes that close to all of earth’s delight
When into dust their flesh and blood are sown

From out the grave, from which You, Christ, did wake,
Speak! Give to us the joy no one can take.

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.


A Jubilate Sonnet — 1 Comment

  1. I like it!

    And I apologize, Pr. Preus, for being critical in public.
    I should have vented privately.

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