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A Rooster Crows

Born there in a manger, shepherds loved you dear,
Welcome exalted Savior, we feel your presence here.

You hung the stars celestial on pegs to shine at night.
And gave us Words eternal to spread an inner light.

On dusty roads you traveled and washed disciple’s feet.
You loved all the children, and urchins in the street.

When Judas’ kiss betrayed you, and temple guards drew near,
There flashed the sword of Peter; you healed the soldier’s ear.

Your friend soon renounced you, the rooster crowed then twice,
Peter hung his head in sorrow, for he denied you thrice.

Ten thousand waiting angels stood ready for your call,
But you, our blessed Savior, gave your all in all!

We love and adore you, and fall upon our knees,
Never better to praise you, than in times like these.


And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried 
up into heaven. Luke 24:51

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  1. Date: 10/10/2011 9:22:00 PM
    I love this! The Savior is the most amazing subject and I'm humbled that you love Him as much as I. Thank you for sharing this, and DON"T STOP BELIEVING!

  1. Date: 7/8/2011 10:43:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your amazing poetry today James. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with good health, love, laughter, and loads of inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 4:07:00 AM
    aww wonderful, I like it and thanks for your kind comments god bless you from diane

  1. Date: 1/21/2011 10:53:00 AM
    A great message poem. I think a lot of people might have done what Peter did out of the fear. How wonderful that he was forgiven and went on to do greater things. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/20/2011 1:30:00 PM
    To be denied/renounced by close friends is so painful and yet Christ found it in his heart to forgive them. And to think one was Peter ("upon this rock I build my church") who turned on Him shows how frail we all are. Thank goodness we have a merciful God, James. Beautiful poem. Thanks so much for sharing it! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/20/2011 1:03:00 PM
    I am reading many excellent poems this afternoon James. I am glad I ran across your excellent poetry today. Going into my favorites. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/20/2011 12:56:00 PM
    absolutely lovely poem