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Daily Update from Bishop Cherry
10th April 2020

Today’s offering is a poem by 20th century poet, Charles Causley. Although it mentions neither Jesus, nor Good Friday, the poem is full of biblical allusions and reads not unlike the Reproaches that are part and parcel of our Good Friday liturgies. The repeated reference to ‘I am’, echoes the I am’s of Jesus in John’s gospel and in almost every line there is a reminder of biblical metaphors in both Old and New Testament.
 
The whole poem sounds as a cry from God to a people who persistently resist and refuse him.
 
I am the great sun, but you do not see me, I am your husband, but you turn away.
I am the captive, but you do not free me, I am the captain you will not obey.
 
I am the truth, but you will not believe me, I am the city where you will not stay.
I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me, I am that God to whom you will not pray.
 
I am your counsel, but you do not hear me, I am your lover whom you will betray, I am the victor, but you do not cheer me, I am the holy dove whom you will slay.
 
I am your life, but if you will not name me, Seal up your would with tears and never blame me.
 
 
Blessings for this Good Friday.