Some of you will have seen or heard this poem before as I have used it many times. For those of you who have not come across this before it really needs no explanation; suffice it to say, I have never been able to read it without crying. God's love for us is breath-taking and, today of all days, we should not be afraid to express our love and gratitude in return.
God bless you all this Good Friday
Love Triumphant – by Rachel Heath
When Adam went from Paradise
In sorrow for his fate,
The Father set the sword of love
Across the open gate.
He placed the sword in the angel’s hand
And bid him keep the guard,
And the cherubs paused in their ceaseless chant
To hear the Holy Word.
“By love alone shall the gate be held,
This is my perfect Will,
When Love brings Adam back again
He shall find it open still.”
The Lamb slipped down from the heavenly throne
In haste the way to find
He stayed not even to ask for leave
For he knew the Father’s Mind.
Swiftly he sped, nor did he wait
The flaming sword to dodge,
He darted straight through the open gate
And hid in Adam’s lodge.
Long were the years of toil and pain
And fierce the fight with sin;
But wherever Adam made his home
The Lamb was hid therein.
When a star shone down from Paradise
To mark the time and place
The Lamb came forth from Adam’s lodge
And men beheld his face.
Year after year the angel stood
Watching the earthward track,
And ever he held the open gate
Till he saw the Lamb come back.
His foot was bleeding, his eyes were dim,
His fleece was scarred and torn,
A cross was branded upon his back
And his head was crowned with thorn.
The angel dropped the flaming sword
And fell upon his knee
“Now welcome Lord to the gate” he cried,
“Tis open Lord for Thee”.
The Lamb passed into Paradise
Loud sang the Cherubim.
For he came not alone to his Father’s throne
Adam returned with him.