“And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said “Look on us.”
Not the look of worthless pity gave they,
That makes more miserable a man already satan-bound;
Nor of contempt, the “I am better than thou”, –
The hurried steps to leave alone as found.
NO! Here an active deed of unselfed love.
Peter saw him, and spiritually discerned with surest gaze
The perfect man, whole, complete, a fellow child of God.
“Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
And he saw too, lifted up by Peter’s knowing praise
To see himself as whole indeed, no longer to live
Upon the alms of man, but in the freedom of the Lord!
“And he leaping up stood, and walked….
Walking and leaping and praising God.”
So too for us; may we so leap to see,
To walk with God, in Love’s reality.