As the sun rose this [Easter] morning, a few of us warmed ourselves around a fire outside the church. Two charcoal fires were recalled, involving Peter, “the Rock” who crumbled like a piece of shale, and the risen Christ, who would re-create the scene to change the story from denial to welcome, forgiveness, and a commissioning to love.
Steve Shoemaker Verse, “The Charcoal Fire”
THE CHARCOAL FIRE Charcoal Fire Three times Denial: I do not know the man I do not know the man I do not know the man Charcoal Fire Three times Forgiveness: Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me? Charcoal Fire Three Times Commission: Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Steve Shoemaker Urbana, IL April 8, 2012
Gordon C. Stewart, author of Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness (2017 Wipf and Stock), edited and republished in memory of Steve Shoemaker. Steve is sitting on a Bristlecone Pine stump above the tree line in Colorado during a gathering of seminary friends. Mutual friend Anna Strong and canine companion stand by him.