XI. Come three o’clock, I lose myself in thoughts

The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him. They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him. They knelt before him in homage.  And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him. -Mark 15:16-20

Come three o’clock, I lose myself in thoughts

Of Him who loves, though love be unreturned;

Of Cross and whip, and now a drink that’s sought;

Of dying God, of mercy taught (and learned).

The minutes pass, and as I think of Him,

Of one thing only certain can I be—

I know His care to be far more than whim:

The sole, unchanging Truth of life is He.

Whatever holds this day, for good or ill,

Whatever time may bring, or sweep away,

Though oceans may retreat, He’ll love me still,

And when I die, I’m promised His to stay.

What power now has death? What taunts? What sting?

He’s conquered all the terror it may bring.


About Victoria Grefer

Victoria is a New Orleans girl, born and raised, with an appreciation for the charm of the Deep South. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English and a master's degree in Spanish literature, all from the University of Alabama. From the age of six she dreamed of becoming a writer, and her writing career begin in the third grade with a series of stories about herself and her friends solving mysteries. She self-published the Herezoth trilogy between 2012 and 2014 and is working on its second edition. She is soon to be a graduate student of theology.
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