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Saturday 27th March

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

It is hard

Being on the edge

Even if you placed yourself there.

Easier to keep from

The glare of others

Than look to see

If they offered

Something different;

Put yourself

Where you expect nothing.

And so that day

I anticipated little:

Hiding just to see him;

Curiosity overcoming fear

But experience ensuring

I kept from view.

But not from his.

He saw through

Not just my hiding place

But all my layers of self-deception

And self-protection.

And so it was

Later at the celebrations

I realised it was not me

Had welcomed him that day

But he who’d welcomed me.

By Jeannie Kendall


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