How death precedes life

Sunday Psalm: We Lived the Day Death Died

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Alpha and Omega:

You said, the first shall be last.

We thought this a polite, simple rule.

But in your death and our life it rang true.

As you breathed your last, the earth gasped,

Cracking open, waking first those waiting in sleep.

In wonder they walked again not as the living dead,

But as the dead first truly living.

This all while you still hung cross-bound,

Nailed to decaying tree. As yet your own tombstone not rolled away.

The Father not yet counted three.

The Door to Life

Word of Life: 

All this just like you,

You became a suffering servant, 

Offering abundant life to all who ask.

You held not to life so to lose it, but losing your life that all may gain.

In forsaking the world you saved it.

Thank you for life born from death.

So just as those tomb-bound on the day death died,

We too, today’s living dead, may finally

Walk resurrected life instead.

Lord of Life:

Following Jesus

Let our steps now follow yours.

Into death that leads otherwise.

Use our new lives to also wake the dead.

Breathe into us that we may

Forever more reverberate with your words of life. 

From Matthew 27:50-53:

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split  and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Here is another prayer to help you live the resurrected life: Sunday Psalm: Easter Praise

What Does Resurrection Life Look Like?

4 thoughts on “Sunday Psalm: We Lived the Day Death Died”

  1. Georgie Ann Kettig

    this description brings to mind the heroic sacrifices of human soldiers who have “given all” so that others may live,… especially poignant now with the struggles in Ukraine,… Jesus was a “supernatural human” soldier, whose “victory” was cataclysmic and eternal,… we are “blessed beneficiaries”,…

    before I woke up this morning, I had a dream about a high school friend of mine,… she gratuitously appeared in a dream that involved current acquaintances,… I thought she looked “so lovely and young and healthy”,… it wasn’t until I woke up, that I realized that she had died quite a few years ago,… this was a special little gift of “good news”,…

    1. I have dreamed about my late, younger brother in the same way. I think one dream especially was a gift of assurance from God.

  2. Steven Kuethe

    Mind blowing I couldn’t see this until this poem of yours:
    Jesus says: “the first shall be last”
    Jesus’ example: Jesus is the first, and on the cross put himself last. And all of us who truly are lost (and last) can be brought into the Trinitarian family eternal-that is truly first place..

    and this tells us much of the very nature of God:
    “…This all while you still hung cross-bound,
    Nailed to decaying tree. As yet your own tombstone not rolled away.
    The Father not yet counted three.”…

    You know my penchant for poetry 😉
    But this poem, hits my heart and mind like the very best lyrics from the best hymns which were and are to help us know God, and his Heart and his Nature. What a love story. This one needs music so it will be sung again and again.

    1. Thanks, Steve. This order of events struck me this last Easter in reading the Passion stories again. I’m glad it spoke to you.

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