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Missing: God Incarnate (poem by Mark D. Stucky)

Photo of the Sea of Galilee, image by Fabio Rezende Fabinho, on Pixabay, modified.

Sea of Galilee, image by Fabio Rezende Fabinho, on Pixabay

Missing: God Incarnate

Last month I lost Jesus.

Maybe he is not lost,

but I cannot find him

even in usual places.

I couldn’t find him in my prayers.

I couldn’t find him in my church.

I couldn’t find him in the hymnal.

I couldn’t find him in the Bible.

If I mislaid keys, you’d ask,

“Where did you put them last?”

I am not sure where I put Christ last.

Even if I knew, would he be there still?

Or would he have simply wandered off?

Maybe to watch over a falling sparrow,

or to catch fish while strolling across a lake,

or to salvage another stray sinner like me?

Should I nail a “Missing” sign

next to a lost cat poster?

Or maybe offer a reward

on the side of milk cartons?

I hope I find him soon.

I’m feeling lost myself.


Mark D. Stucky has degrees in religious studies, pastoral ministry, and communications. After being a pastor,

he became a technical and freelance writer. In his day job, he’s documented technology products (ranging from building automation to satellite

communications). In free time, he’s written articles, stories, and poems on a variety of (usually spiritual) topics. He believes

in following facts and faith, understanding other perspectives, preserving the earth, protecting the vulnerable, and saving

the world (or at least trying to). For more writings, see

October 2023 Issue

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