The sun also rises through tears
Within the thin membrane of earth’s fragile shell
– cracked and broken on a starless floor,
its golden yolk spilt, like a fallen yellow ribbon,
A paradise lost within school doors
And hospital wards – its shame a cross
Of wood where guiltless flesh hangs
Abandoned by God, cursed by men.
Oh God who is God, O Man who is Man,
The Holy One incarnate, Savior and King,
Abandon us not who abandoned You
In the hour of our need to serve other masters!
But as the sun also rises upon the good and the evil
So rise in our hearts, Son of God, as You rose
From the grave and the depths of hell
To wipe away our tears, to give us Your life
And restore lost joy, lost hope, by that Love
Which is stronger than our oft-tested faith,
Stronger than death.
Romans 5: 6-11
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.