Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Grieving time



Matthew 14:6-14
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

So sought after,
So in demand
That, even when he needed time
to grieve the loss of a friend
the space was denied him.
Even in retreat.
folk sought him out.
found him
and claimed what they needed.
And, far from resentment,
He had compassion.
Even in his grief,
He reached out 
and touched them
with healing
and with love
putting his own needs aside
to minister to others.
And while I recognise 
this selfless care for others
and admire his stamina
it is, I have to say
not a trait
I wish to emulate
however tempting it may seem
in the pressures
of contemporary ministry.

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