"After a little while the bystanders
came up and said to Peter, "Certainly
you are also one of them, for your accent
betrays you.' Then he began to invoke a curse
on himself and to swear, 'I do not know the
man.' And immediately the cock crowed. And
Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, 'Before
the cock crows, you will deny me three times.'
And he went out and wept bitterly."
"He said to him the third time, 'Simon,
son of John, do you love me?' Peter was grieved
because he said to him the third time, 'Do
you love me?' And he said to him, 'Lord,
you know everything; you know that I love
you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my sheep.'"
O rebel heart, callused and cold;
Unwilling to bow down and pray;
You bolted, headstrong, from the fold:
Rejecting love, you've had your way.
And now, cold tundra, you're alone;
Rejecting life and liberty:
Bend your stiff knee before the throne,
Of our Redeeming Majesty.
My Lord, my God, this is my sin:
I have betrayed You in my heart;
Rejecting Your presence within,
And driving our spirits apart.
Forgive me, Lord, I have returned.
Carry me, Lord, I'm the lost lamb.
A broken heart is what I've earned;
But You'll rebuild all that I am.
I consecrate my heart anew;
'Courage, my son, I AM WITH YOU.'
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
1. Matthew 26: 73-75
2. John 21:17