September 15, 2016
Vol. 19, Issue 3
Vol. 19, Issue 3
It’s all about…the Lamb
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Maude Carolan Pych/Quarterly Poetry Letter
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches
and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Rev 5:12 NASB
It’s all about…the Lamb is a quarterly publication for followers of Yeshua/Jesus, the Holy Lamb of God, and people who enjoy poetry. The purpose is to magnify our Lord and Savior and inspire an ever-deepening relationship with Him, the lover of our souls.
The Book of Mysteries
By Jonathan Cahn
For months, our congregation has been anticipating the release of our pastor/rabbi’s new book. The official book launch was Sunday at the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ. I eagerly purchased my copy and immediately began reading and unlocking, one by one, the 365 mysteries of the ages from the treasure chest that Jonathan Cahn has opened for us.
On the back cover, it says, “The Book of Mysteries is also a daily devotional unlike any
other—with things never before revealed, the most important keys of spiritual truth, end-time revelation, and the secrets of overcoming…It can even change your life!”
Jonathan’s previous two books, The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, each had long runs on the New York Times best sellers list, and I’m certain his newest book will follow in their footprints.
Save the Date
3rd Annual Music & Poetry Event
Christmas at the Ant
I’m so excited! Jim & Emily Gwyn have invited me back to read Christmas poetry at the Ant Bookstore, Saturday, December 17th at 7 p.m., 345 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, and this time Jim suggested I invite my poet/friends Pastor EJ Emerson and Sister Jane Abeln SMIC, to read with me. We’ll be joined, musically, by Victoria Warne, singer, songwriter and leader of the Victoria Warne Band. Music…Poetry…Refreshments! It’ll be a special and delightful evening in every way! Plan to join us.
Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it.
Several years ago, when my children were young, one Good Friday, we went as a family to visit the Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, NJ. One of the resident priests gave us a personal lecture on the Shroud of Turin. Using his pointer stick, he identified the wounds represented on the replica of the shroud, which many believe to be the actual shroud that covered the crucified body of Jesus in the tomb. Years later, I read a book by a French surgeon who studied the shroud and the wounds represented on it. The author was Pierre Barbet, the book, A Doctor at Calvary. At the conclusion of the book, Barbet wrote of the passion of Christ from the perspective of his findings. It was an unforgettable and moving account.
The poem that I have selected to share with you today was written many years back from memories of my visit to that monastery and some of what I remember from that amazing book.
+++The Poem Follows+++
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When I look upon Your Visage
and pierced, bruised Body
imprinted upon the winding sheet,
wounds You bore for me,
it causes me to quiver
with reverence and awe.
After two millennia
I witness Your Passion
on a white linen proof-sheet.
Controversy has abounded
about the authenticity
of this ancient Shroud of Turin;
I leave it to greater minds
than mine to ponder.
As for me,
in my spirit I know,
it is You, my Lord.
Amazing. I can look
upon the negative
and actually see Your Face,
Your beautiful Holy Face,
suspended from Its Divine Agony
and interlude with death
when Your Majestic Imprint
burst upon the burial cloth.
Death sprang to Life
in that timeless flash-moment
of Resurrection. Glorious!
Lord, I see Strength,
but even more, Peace
and the Countenance
of Unsurpassed Love.
Others may debate carbon dating.
Let them scrutinize and snip,
analyze in test tubes,
on smeared slides under microscopes,
and beneath glaring, blaring lights
until Your Second Coming!
As for me,
when I gaze into the negative
into that Holy Shroud
at the Climax of all time,
I accept with simple faith,
it is You, my Lord.
Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
Look for the next edition of It’s all about…the Lamb, December 15, 2016.
A FEW CLOSING WORDS…
Here is a Scripture portion that beseeches the radiant Holy Face of God to shine upon His people. It’s the blessing that Aaron pronounced upon the sons of Israel:
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NASB
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