Forgiveness

Keep Calm and Read a Modern Psalm Based on Luke 2:1-18:

Pilgrim am I, on weary quest,
I toil with sweat to find.
From north and south, to east and west,
I search with desperate mind.
“O where is that which I hold dear?
A gem of priceless worth.
Through all my life I’ve sought it here,
Down here on ruined earth.”
“O burdened traveler, what search you for
Along your silly quest?”
“This burden I bear, I want no more—
I seek forgiveness!”
Pilgrim am I, and in this town,
I search for my desire.
In great city, can it be found,
Among the gold and spires?
To find it here was but a wish,
Among proud residents.
Their king is foul, their hopes amiss,
So full of arrogance.
“O burdened traveler, what search you for,
Among town’s busyness?”
“This burden I bear, I want no more—
I seek forgiveness!”
Pilgrim am I, and in the night,
I seek with weary feet.
And one last time, I try to fight
Against sin’s sure defeat.
Yet on a hill in guilty dark
I find hope dawn in soul.
For in the distance shines a spark,
Above the night so cold.
“O burdened traveler, what stand you for
Among your sin’s great mess?”
The burden you bear, can be no more,
Go find forgiveness!”

Pilgrim am I, now running fast,
Across the shepherd’s hills.
In distance far, I hear a blast
Of praise with glory shrill.
I see a group of fearful men,
Go running with quick pace.
“O shepherd men, could this have been,
Down here in rugged place?”
“O burdened traveler, your weight abhor,
And see a Child so blessed.”
“The burden I bear, it must be born,
‘Til I find forgiveness!”
Pilgrim am I, and enter slow,
Into a den of beast.
To find it here, I do not know,
This seems to be the least.
Yet in a box of hay and blood,
I find a swaddled Child.
I feel a rush, a mighty flood,
Forgiveness wears a smile.
“O burdened traveler, you are before
The One they called Jesus.”
“The burden I bear is born no more—
I’ve found forgiveness!”

-Matthew W., SC
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