During the seasons of Lent and Easter our church is going through the basics of Christian belief in the Apostles’ Creed. Each week we are reflecting on a different line from the creed and during the week we are reflecting on various scriptures that speak to the theme. Every Wednesday there is a psalm and an invitation to rewrite it in our own words.

This week we considered “On the third day he rose again.” This week’s psalm is Psalm 30, a psalm that celebrates deliverance from Sheol (the realm of the dead) and the Pit (the grave). Here is my own poem, inspired by the psalm:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

O Lord, my God, I cried to you for help
—and you have healed me.

Indeed, you have turned mourning into dancing,
Sheol into Shalom, and the Pit into Paradise.

Indeed, death is part of resurrection
—but only part.

Indeed, he is risen.
He is risen, indeed!

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