On Bended Knees

Driven to her knees in guilt.
Sin hidden in tears
That stain the ground
Dampen his sandaled feet.
Repentant heart poured out.
Rising
Forgiven; free.

Driven to her knees in sorrow.
Hopelessness disguised in tears
 That stain the wood
Dampen his crucified feet.
Maternal heart shattered.
Rising
Frightened; alone.

Driven to her knees in joy.
Realization bathed in tears
That stain the path
Dampen his resurrected feet.
Human heart aflame.
Rising
Convinced; transformed.

Driven to her knees in prayer.
Hope revealed in tears
That stain the pew
Dampen his sacred feet.
Congregating hearts united.
Rising
Called together; sent out.

by Brian Shivers, March 1, 2001

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