My good friend, C. James Herrick IV, is a poet as well as a professional civil engineer. He shared one of his poems with me recently, and so it gets passed on to you. It is about the Good Thief, who died next to Jesus, and was promised Paradise the very day of his death (see Luke 39-43). He is one of my very favorite personalities of the Bible because he personifies the message of repentance in the Gospel that we are all called to live. He’s obviously a great saint in Heaven, and perhaps he is the patron saint of “beginning again” with Jesus. This Thanksgiving we have time to be grateful for so much; let us especially thank God for his infinite love and mercy towards us sinners, with the simplicity and spirit of the Repentant Thief!
Again, my King, I’ve disappointed
You O wretched man I am!
Grant me anew
A Life I don’t deserve with this great debt
But seek again as I recast my net
Have I betrayed Your Love so easily
While You were crucified to set me free?
Alas! What sorrow now is in my heart
Which now desires from You never part!
My Lord, my God, my King: I cling to You
Remain in me ‘till my whole life is through
And though, with You, I may be crucified
Let me at last see Heaven opened wide
~CJ Herrick IV, 7/6/22. You can follow Mr. Herrick s poetry at: pilgrimpoet.blog