Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

Remember (Luke 23:39-43)
Song poem by Michael Kelly Blanchard
from “Waiting at the Station”

Remember ME
This fallen apple from your tree; forgotten, rotten, haunt of bees;
Tomb of worms and withered seeds; this spoiled fruit turned compost, pleads.

Remember me WHEN
You go back to heaven and open wide the crack within
To let this bad guy, gimped in his sin, stained in his own pride, fumble in.

Remember me when YOU
Who did no wrong, forgive what I do and sing a song once my heart knew;
And tell a tale that’s far from, far from, through of how a soul so scarred is now renewed.

Remember me when you COME
redeem the shifty life I’ve run, with all the sleights-of-hand I’ve done,
and restore the awe that I turned away from; oh, Son of God and Son of man, one.

Remember me when you come INTO
The holy land that waits for you, and bring back the wondrous news
That it was death you finally slew, and there blessed this criminal too.

Remember me when your come into YOUR
Father’s home, swing wide your Father’s door, lighting up the room you’ve prepared for
The likes of me, a two-bit thief for sure, a scoundrel seed whose gift of grief you bore.

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.



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