Heaven's Garment

"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." 1

"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." 2

"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 my gloom.
I fall naked before the Weaver's loom.

Weaver has mercy on beggar's plight.
With linen of love, He binds wounds tight.
With salve of wisdom, He restores sight.

Merciful Love, with veiled Hand and Face,
Weaves fabric finer than silk and lace;
Fashions a custom garment of grace.

Graces bedeck the beggar once bare.
Virtues adorn this new bride so fair.
From beggar to bride: one cannot compare!

The new bride is raptured to the Light
With a requiem of sheer delight:
Blood of the Lamb has vanquished the night!

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. John 11:43-44
2. Luke 10:33-34
3. Revelations 7:13-17
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