An Ascension Day Poem

From the heights,
to the depths,
wisdom descended for us.

Disrobed of majesty,
humbled for us.

Equality with God,
set aside,
not grasped.

Made nothing,
of dust and dirt,
yet love would last.

Living with us,
walking among us,
to show the way.

Healing the blind,
raising the dead,
paving a way.

From majesty,
to the Cross,
a destiny sure.

Betrayed, denied,
spit on,
enmity stirred.

Beaten, flogged,
a crown of thorns,
cursed to a chill.

But fixed on the prize,
with purpose,
ascended Calvary’s hill.

The earth shook,
darkness gloomed,
the veil torn in two.

A pierced side,
would prove his fate,
then placed in a tomb.

With the rising of the sun,
the third day,
the darkness faded.

The rising of the Son,
the third day,
triumph reinstated.

A presence felt,
sparsely appearing,
to only a few.

With eyes fixed above,
assuring of love,
his days here were through.

A token left behind,
to cheer the broken,
the Spirit for you.

Speaking hope in time,
through flaming tongues,
to Greek and Jew.

Greeted by hosts of heaven,
though leaving us,
the dove descended.

Leaving the gift of love,
would be enough,
wisdom ascended.

Published by Paul J. Palma

Paul J. Palma is a professor of Christian history and theology at Regent University. He is the author of the books "Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition," "Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity" (Routledge Studies in Religion series), and "Grassroots Pentecostalism in Brazil and the United States: Migrations, Missions, and Mobility" (Palgrave Macmillan). He is also a contributing writer for Paul enjoys spending quality time with his family on walks together, going to the beach, fishing, and doing work around the yard.

6 thoughts on “An Ascension Day Poem

  1. A beautifully written summary in poetry of Christ’s life and mission. Thank you for sharing your talents and for choosing to follow my blog. I hope the Lord uses it in your life for encouragement along the way.


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