Friday, March 1, 2013

Benediction: The Face of God

The Drama of Scripture cover from

An epic poem based on The Drama of Scripture: 
Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story
By Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen

Act 6: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed
Conclusion and Benediction: The Face of God

Conclusion and Benediction

As the wise men concluded their stories at evening’s end
Prayers and blessings would rise up like campfire smoke
The story echoing and stillness in the hope—transcend
And the minstrels would play their final chords
And the hymn singers their final choruses to the Lord
Prayers were offered up and chants—incantations  
The crowd would fade into the night back to their own places
The circle shrinking as less light reflected off fewer faces
The poets would add midnight oil to their lamps
Light their pipes and ladle out more brew
The morning was a long way off for them to be through
The images and prose floated like music—the lyrics presupposed
They knew they would not sleep until it was written in verse
So without plan, reservation, or thought—
they would not rehearse
Quill and ink scratched paper frantically in final prose

The poets proclaimed, “This is how the story goes . . .”

The Face of God

Once we walked in the loving gaze
Of the face of God
In Eden’s beauty paradise
On heavenly earth; on heavenly sod
Our transgressions made us outcasts
And dark winds blew us,
To the East, it threw us
The wind withered the land
The fallen outnumbered the sand
None could rest, not kings in their riches
Nor the poor with outstretched hand . . .
And the prophets cried out
The priests offered sacrifice and praise with shout,
And the kings waged war and decreed
Until it was clear, all people bleed
And silence deafened the people in need
Then the starry night came. . .
Wise men were called from the East
Back to their Prince of Peace
His star led them there
With gifts of worship so fine and fair
The Light had entered darkness
After four hundred years of silence
Broken in a babies cry
For all to live, who once had died
The Shepherds came with staff and rod,
And these wise men, to see the face of God
In former days, and in many ways
God spoke and now by His Son,
In these latter days
He walks again with His people
In Eden made anew
His face and their face; seen through and through
To once again walk in that loving gaze
In the Glory of the face of God
In Eden’s paradise
On heavenly sod
To be right again with our God
Heaven came down and intimacy restored
Both rich and poor have seen their Lord

© December 2011, Robbie Pruitt

Hebrews 1:1-4

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”


  1. Congratulations on tackling a truly enormous subject, Robbie - and kudos for pulling it off so well.

  2. To be right again with our God
    Heaven came down and intimacy restored

    nice...that is what is so beautiful to me...the coming down...the intimacy restored to his people...the tearing of that veil...

  3. A meaningful share ~ Thank for sharing it with us ~