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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: The Cross
By Dona Rae Moore
05/25/04

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The Cross



I kneel before the dark rugged cross;
My face turned upward;
my eyes searching;
seeking the face of the One hanging there.
If I could but see His face just once,
yet I can not.

From behind the cross shines a light
so white, so pure and bright,
that soon the ugliness of the cross
begins to fade away;
though the sorrow and grief it once held
remains and should be remembered,
a beauty surrounds it now.

As I watch it seems as though the light
from behind begins to penetrate,
to transform the very wood itself.
The cross no longer remains dark and rugged,
but becomes a fine delicate outline
within the brilliant light,
as pure and as white as the light itself.

Now the light begins to penetrate my mind
and a new awareness touches my soul.
Now I understand!
This light is Christ!
He no longer hangs in sorrow on the cross.
The cross has become a part of Him;
a tragic work;
a powerful work;
a precious gift from Father and Son.

The light illuminates the darkest
corners of my mind.
I know in truth that this is where
I must seek Christ, my Lord.
I must kneel at the foot of His Cross,
though He no longer hangs upon it,
this is where I find Him.
Where my sins are forgiven.
Where His precious shed blood
can cleanse the ugliness of sin from my soul.


Member Comments
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Julie Pisacane05/31/04
Amen. Your love for Jesus is a beam of light that illuminates this poem. Blessings, Julie Pisacane
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
Dona, I thought this was quite beautiful from start to finish. A really lovely, glorious piece of writing. With love, Deb
Marcell Billinghurst06/01/04
This poem is excellent, beautiful and so very true. You are a great writer.
L.M. Lee06/01/04
beautiful imagery. loved it.
Melanie Kerr 06/02/04
“a tragic work; a powerful work; a precious gift” lovely words. A well written poem that encourages me to meditate on the cross.
Phyllis Inniss 06/02/04
"The light illuminates the darkest corners of my mind". This is nicely put in a very beautiful poem.
B Price06/04/04
would agree with the other comments, a beautiful poem.
YOU could almost see the light as you describe it in detail.
I have trouble with poems, but this was was just beautiful and touched the heart.
Just maybe that was the LIGHT that JESUS"S mother ( Mary) saw when she looked up on tha cross that night.
GOD BLESS.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
This is beautiful. You have done a wonderful job putting words together to define a mood, and made some really important points along the way.