Thorny Crowns

The crown of thorns they placed on Jesus’ head
Adorned the king of kings with unjust shame.
It was for us his precious blood was shed;
He bore our weight of punishment and blame.

“Corona” is the “crown” of viral ill.
Contagious as the curse of sin and death.
Invisibly infecting whom it will
Through sharing touch or just the kiss of breath.

Do we deserve to die because we live?
Can we escape this cursed crown of pain?
Can we accept the crown of thorns and give
The blessed hope of life to those once slain?

When Christ was resurrected from the tomb
It proved not only that he was the King,
But also that a kingly crown has room
For thorns and sickness both within its ring.

We are your willing servants, Lord of Love,
So we will bear our crowns of shame and grief,
Until we meet you face to face above
And spring at last from suff’ring to relief.

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory,
and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people” (Isaiah 28:5).

I wrote this poem after reflecting on a comment from one of my blog followers, who pointed out that “corona” means “crown,” and that the coronavirus is—in a way—the “crowning virus.” In this world we will experience both abundance and lack, joy and pain, goodness and evil. God calls us to believe, to love, to be faithful, to trust and obey. The rest is up to Him.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).

11 thoughts on “Thorny Crowns

  1. Dear Kathi, your poem is so beautiful !

    That’s true “Corona” means “crown”, in french “couronne”.

    One year ago (it was the “holly monday” Lundi Saint) the cathedral of Paris was destroyed by fire. The roof is completly destroyed and still not rebuild (maybe it won’t ever be).

    Do you know what was NOT destroyed ? Try to guess!

    The cross and the Crown of Thorns of the Christ !

    This is a true holy relic which was brought in France by the king Saint Louis in 1238.

    The Crown of Thorns (the Holy Crown) is an indestructable an eternal sign that the Lord is the king.

    Is it an accident if the COVID comes EXACTLY one year after the burning of the cathedral ? Think about it…

    Blessings from France.

    1. Thank you, Jerome! No, I had not considered that it was one year ago that the Notre Dame burned! I wrote this poem on April 15—exactly on the one-year anniversary of it’s burning (without realizing it). How precious that the Crown of Thorns and cross were NOT burned! Our God reigns!!

  2. And as we agreed that the “crown of pride”shall be stamped under the feet of the remnant-residue-elect of the people of THE LORD of armies,Who is our Crown of Glory! It is so! A sister at the age of 90 survives! A male believer also gives his testimony of recovery!!
    As 3John:14, loving our fellowship union,
    Peace be to you.Our friends salute you. Greet the friends by name.

    1. You are the friend to whom I referred when I said someone had pointed out to me the relationship between coronavirus and God’s crown. Thank you, and Amen, brother! You inspired this poem! (Well, God inspired the poem through you! 🙂 )

      1. How good & pleasant it is! The refreshing is OVERWHELMING as we honor one another-The Whole Body is receiving honor!
        Our LORDKING will truly show us how much it pleases Him that we so communicate! And NO “snake-slime poison”(virus),like the gates of hell,will not prevail against HIS CHURCH,HIS BODY-especially as we are fellow workers unto The Kingdom of GOD! WE are of The Church of The Firstborn,of a Kingdom that cannot be moved! Ever grateful for your hospitality,reminding me of ancient time holy women! HalleluYah!

  3. Wow! So beautiful! The blending of Christ in our suffering is real! God is at work! Made me cry happy tears 🙂 Bless you sweet sister.

    1. Thank you, Carol! Your poetry brought tears to my eyes too! The Spirit within us teaches our hearts to praise, doesn’t He?!

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