Day 30: The Cock Crow

A cock crowed once

when I was a child;

although I thought from me

it was You that did hide.

 

The cock crows twice,

I gladly stand in denial,

for wrongly I persecuted

You in my trials.

 

The cock crows thrice,

still ignoring your call,

I retreat and stubbornly

find comfort in withdrawal.

 

Years later I stand

at a font filled with water,

and in it, I finally hear

the crow of your offer.

 

Tears join the tributaries

streaming down my face,

wash away denial’s stain

as my heart, You, embrace.

 

Now when I hear the

call of that bird,

to my opened ears ring

the chorus of You,

my faithful Lord.

 

Before you begin your day:

The cock of denial, we have all heard its call. Most often this natural reminder of the need for awakening has sounded more than once in our lives. Think of a time when you've needed an awakening from your slumber. Now, let us journey in the Lord's company for the next few minutes.

 

"Simon Peter followed Jesus..." (John 18: 15) "Now Peter was sitting outside..."(Matthew 26: 69) Have you followed Jesus from a distance? Have you isolated yourself from Him? Put Him over there while you remained distant? Have you ever sought physical comforts in place of the Lord's? Where is He now? Where are you?  

 

"But he denied it before them all, saying, 'I do not know what you mean.'" (Matthew 26: 70) Have you ever denied being Christian? Or downplayed your faith as not to offend? Plead ignorance to a question about your belief out of fear of criticism? If someone inquired today of your faith, how would you answer? 

 

"I do not know the man of whom you speak." (Mark 14: 71) Have you ever doubted the Lord's greatness in your troubles? Have you accused Him of absence in your pain? Do you think of the man, or reflect upon our Blessed Lord?  

 

Are you standing in the midst of the moment? You are in the center of blessing...

 

For, the cock crows.

 

Look at Peter's face in the picture above. How do you feel as you become awakened? Angry? Saddened? Guilty? Alone? Betrayed? Needy? Opportunistic? You are on the edge of blessing...

 

"And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord..." (Luke 22: 61) 

 

You are here. The Lord is here. A moment to remember. A blessing of encounter. An opportunity to return. He is looking at you! What does His gaze speak? Listen.

 

This Easter, as you see

that font filled with water,

in it, listen, lend your ear

to this crow I now offer.

Tears flow like tributaries

streaming down My joyful face,

you return -

I cleanse you of denial’s stain.

Feel My love -

for your heart,

I eternally embrace.

 

 

During your day:

My sheep listen to my voice;

I know them, and they follow me.

I give them eternal life,

and they shall never perish;

no one can snatch them out of my hand.

(John 10: 27-28)

 

Read any of the Gospel accounts of The Denial of Peter:

Luke 22: 54-62; Mark 14: 66-72; Matthew 26: 69-75; John 18: 15-18  

 

Throughout your day:

INHALE: I follow.

EXHALE: You lead.

(repeat as many times as needed)

 

Before you end your day:

Help me when I hear the

call of that bird,

open my ears, let ring

the chorus of You,

my faithful Lord.

Amen.​

 

Goodnight; sleep well; know you are blessed.

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