Busted Tambourine

What do we learn from this troubling scene? God endured not only the physical pain but also emotional abandonment. His shrill cry reminds us that we’re not alone. God’s strength is found in weakness.  God invites us to pay attention to the sorrow, the ache, and the injustice and to name it. It’s not on the mountaintop where one finds God but only in the valley of tears. From the sorrow of death, new life comes.


A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to perform some poems at the Forgotten Gospel conference in Denver. I met some great people and continued to be awed by the way poetry speaks to hearts. I wrote a new poem for the event called “Chrysalis” that attempts to describe the inclusive, mysterious, suffering,…