What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life – for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us – what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. -1 John 1:1-3
To St. John the Evangelist
What was it like, with Him to walk and live?
To see the cripples leap, the dead arise?
And when He swore His very Flesh to give:
Did you suspect Him mad? Or full of lies?
When did you first believe Him God Most High?
When sea fell calm? When Moses did appear?
And when He spoke of suff’ring drawing nigh,
And promised tribulation, did you fear?
For no one spoke like Him, before or since.
The power of His word made demons move.
When He rebuked you, did your spirit wince?
What sweet heart-stirrings did His Lordship prove?
Beloved John, who stood beneath His Cross,
Teach me that all but gaining Him is loss.