faith

poem: exceedingly odd

Michael Goulder, meditating on the four women named in the Gospel of Matthew as being in the lineage of Christ:

Exceedingly odd is the means by which God
Has provided our path to the heavenly shore-
Of the girls from whose line the true light was to shine
There was one an adulteress and one was a whore:
There was Tamar who bore-what we all should deplore
A fine pair of twins to her father-in-law,
And Rahab the harlot, her sins were as scarlet,
As red as the thread that she hung from the door;
Yet alone of her nation she came to salvation
And lived to be mother of Boaz of yore-
And he married Ruth, a Gentile uncouth,
In a manner quite counter to biblical lore.
And of her did spring blessed David the King,
Who walked on his palace one evening and saw
The wife of Uriah, from whom he did sire
A baby that died-oh, and princes a score:
And a mother unmarried it was too that carried
God's Son, and him laid in a manger of straw,
That the moral might wait at the heavenly gate
While the sinners and publicans go in before,
Who have not earned their place, but received it by grace,
And have found them a righteousness not of the law.
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Heh. God's just so awesome that way, eh? ^^ And I like Goulder's treatment of the lesson--so playful, with that doggerel-ish style!
It's almost more of chant, really--just rolls right of the page & tongue. Good way to memorize a bit of biblical lore, and to remember that our ways are not God's ways (although his should be ours).