One week on from Easter Sunday, a hymn with echoes of the story: Such enchantment, sudden strangeness...
1 Such enchantment, sudden strangeness,
Power and love, by God, distilled;
Then they recognise his presence,
By his words their fears are stilled.
'Peace be with you', Simon Peter,
John, you need not be afraid;
'Peace be with you', doubting Thomas,
Don't be anxious or dismayed.
2 In the garden he saw Mary,
Talked with her, unrecognised;
Naming her drew back the curtain,
Opened tear-stained, blinded eyes.
Others walking to Emmaus
Talked, depressed, their sadness showed,
Till at last, their journey ended,
Broken bread their Lord disclosed.
3 Fishing, from a boat, some saw him,
They had trawled, had felt forlorn;
Recognition added savour
To their breakfast at the dawn.
As we go about our business
Bring enchantment to our lives;
Open eyes that we might know the
Love from which our peace derives.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
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