See the crowds and what they see
Hear their laughter; feel their thrill
Learning of the Father’s will.
Hearing tales from where they live
Learning how to pray, forgive
How to walk the second mile
How to make the outcast smile.
Watching sickness turn and flee
Watching sinners saved and free.
This a pilgrim’s frequent wish
Camp with Him, and share His fish.
Then there was that other phase
Shadows came in threatening days
Cold religion sought to snare
Empire muscle everywhere
Politics and schemes of men
Shutting down the love again
Making plans to catch the Son
See His following over-run
See Him shackled, whipped, defamed
Brought to bar with no just claim.
Bring Him to a horrid Hill
All to serve His Father’s will.
Treasured fare to feast upon
And Luke and John.
Take it to my quiet place
Learn His love
And seek His face.
Take to heart the Gospel’s peace
Tell a friend of faith’s release.
Christ is risen
Death’s great loss
Christ within me
Through the Cross.