Beyond Expectation

“Father, forgive them.”
These words from the cross
Were cast as a blessing
Before they were sought.

Did anyone ask?
Did anyone know?
That there was a need
For mercy to flow?

“Your sins are forgiven,”
To the one brought by friends.
Could it be any easier
To say, “Walk again?”

Did anyone come
With this on their mind?
Or did they receive more
Than they came to find?

“I do not condemn you.
Now go, Sin no more.”
The surprising response
To the one named whore.

Did anyone think?
Could anyone dream?
That out of a trap
Such mercy would stream?

What do you expect
When He crosses your path?
What you will discover
Is love that will last.

Patricia Burlison


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