Good Friday Poem: Peter

My first thought was, “It’s not going to be me.”

Jesus, in a voice barely audible,

told us we would all become deserters.

When I protested, he looked at me,

singling me out,

and said that I would deny him too.


After everything we’d gone through together,

after all I’d left behind, these three years of ministry…

how could he doubt me?

Was I not the only one who stepped out of the boat,

waves raging, my one thought to be at his side? 

With all my heart, I’d told him what I knew to be true,

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Peter’s Story: He is Risen!

On Friday night we left the tomb in silence,

our feet heavy on that grave road,

clinging to each other for support

every face wet with tears.

Our steps beating out the refrain of our hearts,

“He’s dead, he’s dead.”

No sleep for me all that long night.

Each time I closed my eyes

I was again on that road to Jerusalem

palm branches waving,

again at a table with Jesus

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I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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