The Fruit of His Labor

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Like Atlas holding up the world,

Jesus bowed under the weight

of our cruelty and carelessness,

our ignorance and deliberate evil.

Trembling, groaning

in a mighty battle

to free us from Satan’s grasp,

he lifts us triumphantly from

our pettiness, our malice,

our utter helplessness,

and cleanses us

with drops of sinless blood

oozing from his pores.

Ignoring the taunting

of devils and demons,

he presents us

clean, immaculate,

the precious fruit of his labor.

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About Judy Grigg Hansen
I write poetry and nonfiction, and I am passionate about the people, places, and wildflowers of Idaho and the Northwest.

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