A free-verse Lenten Meditation on Conversion
Nicodemus came to Jesus by night…(Jesus said) “One cannot see God’s kingdom without being born again.” Nicodemus said, “How can one be born after being old?” Jesus answered, “One cannot be in God’s kingdom without being born of water and Spirit…The Wind blows where it chooses…so, with one born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus asked, “How can these things be?” (John 3.2, 3, 4a, 5, 8a,c, 9; abridged and adapted)
The sun rises and night falls, heralding a new day
of new opportunity
for one (whether person or family, community or nation),
to become more whom God meant one to be.
How can new birth be, especially when one is inured in one’s history?
Ah, the ever-living Spirit –
as Wind blows, as Fire burns
not the fact, but the fetters of all past fault –
is the animating Agent of truest, surest Liberty.
How can this new birth not be?
Only when one chooses not to move by, for, in, through, with the Spirit.
© 2023 PRA
Illustration: Nicodemus visits Jesus (c. 1886), James Tissot (1836-1902)
 One of my life’s maxims: Whenever any and every preposition works (makes meaning), then I know that the word is true.