How does one take a year and make a blanket
Statement about every nitty-gritty bit of character
Development, from heart break to fear to excitement then unrelenting kindness?
How does one glance back at companions,
Both those he has yet to meet and the ones he once
Knew would rush into the open auburn?
When looking out at the vast auburn
Sky, it’s as if the Lord had taken a blanket –
A single thread woven into every shade of red all at once.
He, in His vast knowledge and wisdom, put His very character
Into the layout; I know my companions
Can see it, well Him, too – such kindness.
Grace – why mistake it for mere kindness?
Scarlet – only I could mistake it for auburn.
Family – as if they were lowly traveling companions.
Security – comfort mistaken as a cloth-like blanket.
Jesus whispers, “Yes, if you would hear, you would know I am the lead character.
Listen, son, just this once.”
Why ponder this once?
Why stop at His kindness?
Is there not also joy? Peace? Goodness? So much more to His character?!
Was He not beaten to what – to disfigurement at the shade of dry auburn?!
Was there not, in mockery, placed around Him a purple, ratty blanket?!
And looking down with his compassionate eyes, He saw enemies, no companions. . .
To lay one’s life down for his companions. . .
He did it just once.
But it was a blanket
Promise to all. Kindness. . .
To show us the Father’s love. Auburn
Leaves fall to the ground, but in spring they change character.
In spring, they come to life again. New character –
Same life, same love, inviting companions
To fellowship in memory of the dying auburn.
The leaves only fall once,
But so they rise to sit at the right hand of Kindness.
Trust in this, more than you might trust in any security blanket.
How does one take a truth and make a blanket
Statement about – well, more than just kindness?
And how could one speak it just once?