“Jesus of the Scars” by Edward Shillito

We heard part of this poem during our small group Bible study tonight. I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d share this blog post. John is dealing with some troubling health issues and a pastor friend of ours passed away this week. Suffering happens all the time. I learn a little more with each encounter how to deal with it…and how not to. I hope you enjoy the poem and the commentary.

The Jesus Question

I was unable to confirm whether Edward Shillito (1872-1948) was actually a soldier during World War I or only writing from the perspective of one. In any case, he lived during the horrors of the Great War and published this poem in its wake, in 1919.

“Jesus of the Scars” by Edward Shillito

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow,
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars. 

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