Protect, keep them safe.

Haiku for persevering.

This eternal life
is given to all of you;
you who are my friends.

Life that’s full and true;
forget the hereafter, this
is eternal life.

The hour has come near,
we’re coming to the climax;
glorify your Son.

The work is finished,
well, almost. Shadows lengthen,
the darkness threatens.

You gave them to me,
I made your name known to them,
they have kept your word.

What are mine are yours;
when I am with them no more
hold them in your hand.

They remain earth-bound;
here they must live out their faith
with courage and love.

Protect them, Father;
let them be as one, just as
you and I are one.


© Ken Rookes 2020

Where is your sting?

Haiku of hope

Paul, persecutor
of the church, born out of time,
met the risen Christ.

I proclaimed to you
the good news about Jesus
and you received it.

I passed on to you
what I received; that Christ died,
was buried, and rose.

Christ appeared to them;
Peter, the twelve and many.
Finally to me.

He lives, don’t doubt it
and we all shall live, sharing
resurrection life.

Death, where is your sting?
Jesus looked you in the eye:
you’ve been defeated!


© Ken Rookes 2020

Posted in response to the Narrative Lectionary, 7th Sunday in Easter

But you will see me

Haiku of abiding

Prove that you love me,
you who are my disciples;
keep my commandments.

What was that command
that he gave to all his friends?
Something about love.

I’ll ask the Father.
He will send the Advocate;
with you for ever.

The Spirit of truth;
you know him, he is with you.
He will be in you.

Soon I will be gone,
the world will cease to see me,
but you will see me.

You, friends, will see me.
Life and love are found in me;
you also will live.

I in my Father,
you in me and I in you;
much shared indwelling.

Prove that you love me
by keeping my commandments.
Love will unite us.


© Ken Rookes 2020

In My Father’s House

Haiku of the Way

In my Father’s house
there are rooms for all of you;
put your trust in me.

I go on ahead
to prepare a place for you.
You will be with me.

Lord we do not know
where it is you’re going to;
What will be the way?

Friends, I am the way;
truth and life are found in me.
Come, meet my Father.

Show us the Father!
I’ve been with you all this time,
and you still don’t know?

Whoever sees me
sees the Father. My words and
works are from him.

Those who trust in me
will continue what I do,
even greater things!


© Ken Rookes 2020

The word that brings life

Haiku of wholeness

He couldn’t escape.
the people recognised him;
the word spread, they came.

For the miracles
and the healings they gathered,
pleading, insistent.

Wherever he went
they came for the miracles,
more than for his words.

Jump a year or two,
he is no longer with them,
except in Spirit.

At the Lovely Gate
disciples Peter and John:
the lame man begs alms.

Following their Lord
they speak a healing word, pull
off a miracle.

Walking and leaping,
the healed man praised God.
They were all amazed.

Better than silver,
more valuable than gold;
God’s word that brings life.

© Ken Rookes 2020

Posted in response to the two readings from the Narrative lectionary for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

The purpose

Haiku of peace

John does it better!
His Jesus comes through locked doors.
Well, why shouldn’t he?

Imparting Spirit,
Jesus ensures the mission
goes on without him.

Make forgiveness real,
so that all folk are made free,
capable of love.

No room for doubting!
Even Thomas is sorted,
leaving me alone.

Doubt is not opposed
to Faith; that’s the role of Fear.
Doubt and Faith are friends.

My Lord and my God!
Hey, followers of Jesus,
get on with the task!

The book is written,
John asserts, to convince us;
so that we might live.

© Ken Rookes 2020

The next chapter

Haiku of witness

Ah, Theophilus
our erstwhile correspondent,
here’s the next chapter.

They saw him alive
a number of times, so the
tradition tells us.

In Jerusalem
the Spirit will be given,
you must wait for it.

He sends power
to bear witness with your lives,
not just with your words.

Are we to witness
just to the resurrection
or to his whole life?

He remains with us,
no longer in the flesh
but by his Spirit.


© Ken Rookes 2020

Posted in response to the Narrative Lectionary for the second Sunday in Easter