Spiritual Practice


Ralph Carelli

My name is Simon Peter.
With my grieving heart as guide,
I slowly followed Jesus
and tried my best to hide.

Soon people crowded a courtyard
outside the high priest’s house,
burning a fire of wood to stay warm
as they talked among themselves.

As the men sat down together,
I decided to do the same;
and then a servant girl announced
that she thought she knew my name.

Learn how Peter betrayed Jesus in Luke 22:54–62.

“This man was with Jesus,” she said.
But I denied it to them all:
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.
You’re mistaken about what you saw.”

Later another saw me and said,
“You are certainly one of them!”
“Man, I am not,” I shouted.
I was angry and scared by then.

An hour had passed when another spoke,
saying that he had seen:
“This man walks close to Jesus
for he is a Galilean.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about—
this Jesus and your lies.”
Then I heard a rooster crow,
and Jesus looked me in the eyes.

I remembered what the Lord had said—
that I would deny him three times
that night before the rooster crowed.
I thought I’d lose my mind.

So I bolted from the courtyard
and wept as I ran outside
on the night I chose to forsake him
and to deny him, yes, three times.


THINK ABOUT IT: When have you betrayed Jesus or denied your faith?

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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