After the sudden following
and the wondrous witness,
come the doubts and the questions
After the bold courage
and the walking faith,
after the spoken clarity
and the new name,
come the misguided impulse,
the arguments, the convincing denial
After the failing, the falling,
the long quick descent into betrayal,
he hears the piercing cry,
sees the silent look,
and there begins the dead day dark.
Until the light bursts out,
a song, a glory.
Running once more, this time back
to the waiting Friend
and a joyful meal of fish.
First comes the painful three-time check:
Then again the holy call,
the sweet forgiving words of desire:
The miracle of being wanted–still,
he lives the humble answer of love,
obeying faithful tracks,
blazing the astonished route beyond.
the rock holds strong
revealing treasured wisdom
and knowing praise.