Hand in Hand – A Poem by Kristen Sykes


2 Corinthians 6:10


Can joy and sorrow walking be agreed?

Two poles opposed in mood, in feel, in key;

How vast the distance seeming ‘tween each creed—

One mourning, cries, th’other rejoicingly.

Look close at Christ in death, in life up-raised,

In Him we see the paradox hold hands;

While sadly bearing sin to death His gaze

Is fixed upon the vict’ry He withstands.

The suffering we bear is really His,

Communing with His grief, relief deploys;

Co-yoked, He takes the weight of all that is

So sorrow’s coin obversely spins to joy’s.

   “As sorrowful, rejoicing yet always;”

   Our scars, like His, bejewel eternal days.


by Kristen Sykes










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