"And when he had said this, he cried
out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come
out!" The dead man came out, tied hand
and foot with burial bands, and his face
was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to
them, "Untie him and let him go."
"But a Samaritan traveler who came upon
him was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim, poured oil and
wine over his wounds and bandaged them."
"Then one of the elders spoke up and
said to me, 'Who are these wearing white
robes, and where did they come from?' I said
to him, 'My lord, you are the one who knows.'
He said to me, 'These are the ones who have
survived the time of great distress; they
have washed their robes and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason
they stand before God's throne and worship
him day and night in his temple. The one
who sits on the throne will shelter them.
They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor
will the sun or any heat strike them. For
the Lamb who is in the center of the throne
will shepherd them and lead them to springs
of life-giving water, and God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes." 3
The Soul Weaver
At His Word, I emerge from my tomb.
I shrug off my shroud and shed
I fall naked before the Weaver's
Weaver has mercy on beggar's
With linen of love, He binds
With salve of wisdom, He restores
Merciful Love, with veiled Hand
Weaves fabric finer than silk
Fashions a custom garment of
Graces bedeck the beggar once
Virtues adorn this new bride
From beggar to bride: one cannot
The new bride is raptured to
With a requiem of sheer delight:
Blood of the Lamb has vanquished
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
1. John 11:43-44
2. Luke 10:33-34
3. Revelations 7:13-17
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