The Cup, And All of It

Matthew 20:22


“Can you drink the cup?”

The challenge from the Master

Given Sons of Thunder

His Passion close at hand.

Quickly they said “yes”

With no real sense of wonder

At the mix of living

To later understand.

They had known real joy

While seated at His table

His were words of hope

And brotherhood so rare.

Still most worldly folk

Ignored their every pleading

Hinting at the bitter dregs

Each life would come to share.

His a night alone

Then cruelly to a dying.

Theirs long years abroad

And facing tiresome doubt.

Martyrs’ ends they braved

Still Heaven’s ethic crying

Mixing woe and joy

(The things this life’s about.)

Could they take the cup

And lift it all for viewing

Chalice of their years

Laid, trusting, out for friends?

Could they drink it all

The God-sent blend renewing

Christ still in their midst

And thankful til their ends.


Note: I was constrained to write this after finishing a book by Henri Nouwen entitled “Can You Drink the Cup?” published in 1996, the year of his death. Excellent account of taking, lifting and drinking the Cup. (Matthew 20:22)


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Married and father of two. Living in Waterloo, Ontario. Workplace health and safety professional. Blogger. Poet. Nature hiker. History buff. Inspirational writer. Newsboy for Jesus.

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