The Grinch, that green menace, is at it again.
As Easter approaches, just look at his grin.
It's broad and it's toothy and signals his plan
to tempt all the children, each woman and man.
If he has his way on this Grand Sunday morn,
they all will think chocolate is why they were born.
And then after breakfast, for eggs they will search
instead of deciding to dress up for church.
That emerald old tempter, so shrewd and so bold,
is heartless, deceptive, conniving and cold.
"Forget about worship," he protests. "How dull!"
Just eat Peeps and candy until you are full.
Don't bother with Jesus. Just go out to eat.
The sermon is boring. The songs all repeat.
"The story is spooky. There're corpses and caves
and an unlikely outcome for gullible knaves.
A dead man now living? How totally un.
When death scores a victory, the Grim Reaper's won.
There aren't second chances. Once dead, you are dead.
All empty-tomb claimants have rocks in their heads."
Oh really, Green Monster? You think it's a ruse?
Don't bad mouth a mystery that's really Good News.
You see, Mr. Grinch, when you're dealing with God,
you can't just dismiss what's unlikely and odd.
The fact you can't splain it does not mean it's fake.
I'd guess you are silenced by joy at a wake.
But that doesn't mean what you see is a fraud.
The grievers are joyful because they know God.
They know they will see their dead loved one again
and all because Jesus, once killed for our sin,
reversed the magnetic-like pull of the grave
as proof that his passion has power to save.
To save us from acting like we're in control
of our self-centered, self-righteous arrogant souls.
To save us from guilt and regret's residue
that deadens our faith-buds like bad rabbit stew.
To save us from lusting for status and money
and greed that breeds faster than prolific bunnies.
To save us from those who insist there's no room
in a logical world for a lone empty tomb.
Just look all around you. The earth that was dead
has left winter's casket. It's thriving instead.
Me thinks, Mr. Grinch, there's a parable here.
In old Mother Nature, it's perfectly clear
that what the church preaches each Easter as fact
is not just a story. True life MUST come back.
Observe earth's cathedral. Go on, take a peek.
A grand celebration awaits those who seek.
The tulips are trumpets. Hear budding trees sing.
Be still for the preacher. His name? Well, it's spring.
So in this fresh season when new life is seen,
beware of the tempter who's furry and green.
Don't let him convince you that Easter's 'bout eggs
or buffets of ham steak and little sheep's legs.
Instead, buck the culture and alter your search.
Try hunting for Jesus. Spend Easter at church.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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