Wednesday Riff: Reaching Down

Lord you reach down into our darkness
Into the pits and the traps others make for us
Into the mire and mess we make for ourselves
Into the despair and disappointment of this difficult world
You reach down and step into our darkness
Making yourself small
Making yourself like us
Not distant, not holding back
But walking every difficult mile
Every foot-wearing journey
Of this Emmaus life
Every Calvary Road, every Valley of Shadow
You take the stones in our shoes
And place them in yours
You limp beside us
Quietly, silently, often in the guise of others
In the hands and feet, tears and smiles
Of friends and strangers
And in the profound name and caring presence of
The Man of Sorrows
The Prince of Peace
The Son of Man
Jesus.

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