October 24, 2016

 
Is It Wrong?

 

(Confounded by Mercy)

 
is it wrong that I say “I hope he dies!”
serving as I do the Lord of mercy
seeing the lives his has destroyed
knowing a pain that will never die
owning the largest part of his curse
owning the smallest part of their pain
 
is it wrong that I say “I hope he dies!”
serving as I do the Lord of mercy
knowing that I once deserved only death
 
yet I am a man, with children in my care
and the father part of who I am cries out
“I hope this monster dies in pain unloved!”
 
I am at sea, tossed about and blown
askew by contrary winds and waves
that alike demand mercy and justice
 
but I have been confounded by mercy
have scarce escaped my own justice
can I demand what I no longer fear?
be poured upon one who knows not
the God Who died to save his life
Who also died to save mine
 
how can I demand he die estranged
when I myself have been saved