It Takes a Lamb

Genesis 42:17 “And he [Joseph] put them all into custody for three days.” (NIV)*

Lamb

Lamb (Photo credit: GrahamPics1)

Joseph, when your brothers came

Did years of emotion surge?

Did revenge seep through those Hebrew veins,

Flesh and blood seeking what they didn’t deserve?

………………..

Into a cistern, your life disdained

Those mockers sold you slave.

Now thrown in prison, their lives sustained

Kindred hands cupping their fate.

………………..

Three days to sift the years

To decide how to handle this twist.

Home came to you, uninvited yet near

In your grasp, the gavel sits.

………………..

Flashbacks of a richly ornamented robe

Those who stripped it, dipped it red.

For twenty shekels of silver your life they sold

Now in prison, they came begging bread.

………………..

Joseph, do you want to pin them to the wall

And tightly grip their necks?

Rubbing in your dream-come-true once for all

Label them spies, no one would suspect.

………………..

Or, will forgiveness rain down a flood

And mercy soften your hand?

Your robe, once stained by goat’s blood

To forgive in three days takes a lamb.

………………..

poem by Patty Perkins

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

Advertisements

About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading, and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 31 years and we have two college-age sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: