Judas, Peter

image I am taking part in a couple of Christian writers’ events this week.

At the end of the afternoon session yesterday, the wonderful author who was sharing with us, read to us a few poems, and from a few articles. One of the poems was by Luci Shaw, called Judas, Peter and it had such an effect on me. I found it profoundly beautiful.

Judas, Peter 

because we are all
betrayers, taking
silver and eating
body and blood and asking
(guilty) is it I and hearing
him say yes
it would be simple for us all
to rush out
and hang ourselves

but if we find grace
to cry and wait
after the voice of morning
has crowed in our ears
clearly enough
to break our hearts
he will be there
to ask us each again
do you love me


… because we are all betrayers … taking silver and eating body and blood and asking (guilty) is it I and hearing him say yes …

How much do I see myself in this. In Judas. Betraying my Lord, the One I love, the One I sit at the feet of, betraying Him in what I think, in what I say, in what I do.

And I sit at His table, and in the quiet of my heart I lift all these things to Him. ‘Is it I, Lord?’ I ask, and I hear Him say, ‘yes.’

the voice of morning has crowed in our ears clearly enough to break our hearts …

And like Peter, I look at the ways I have turned from Him, hurt Him, and I mourn. Bitterly, the Bible says.

But Jesus never condemns. He never leaves us there. In regret. In failure. In sorrow. Instead, He lifts my chin, so that I look into His eyes, and He says, ‘Do you love Me?’ And I always, always say ‘yes.’

That we would find grace to cry and wait .

Reference: Judas, Peter by Luci Shaw


~ by Birgit on March 5, 2009.

7 Responses to “Judas, Peter”

  1. Thank you for sharing this with us Birgit. The poem and your thoughts here are so beautiful.

    I have tried to understand grace and my mind has no idea how to grasp this ‘unmerited favour’ that we have received. Yesterday I read John 17-21 and I was so overwhelmed by what Jesus did for us and because we cannot understand it, only believe Him, and thank Him and love Him as best as we can, but even when we are really bad at it, He continues to love and bless and accept us and draw us close!

    And how appropriate, as this time of easter is all about His grace.

  2. Oh, your writing gets me every time! Thank you!

  3. Ouch! I think my reply should be in tongues! I there in “the voice of mourning” Hello, Sister & thank you. Pamela

  4. Brings tears to my eyes. And to hear it read aloud I am sure was especially piercing.

  5. Rain, I love what you said here, and yeah, I really know what you mean about not being able to understand His grace that He so freely gives us. It is overwhelming. And as you say, no matter how many times we fail, He is so faithful in His love for us. Thanks for your thoughts, love B.


    That’s so lovely Roxx, thank you, you’re a blessing xo


    Hi Pam, lovely to see you, hope you’re well, and thanks for leaving a reply ox


    Hi @ngie, it’s beautiful isn’t it? Yeah, it is really piercing when it’s spoken. It so beautifully captures the way that we fail Him, and the way He is always there to lift us when we are broken. Hope you’re well @ngie, love B xo

  6. “Father, forgive them….for they know not what they do….”

  7. God’s grace is so amazing isn’t it, Dwight? Thank you for your reply, and God bless.


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