Undeserved Redemption


You didn’t have to choose this road,

Unnecessary gift.

When wounded, fallen child did run,

Yet back to Father lift.


You made him to enjoy your life,

And with his Father talk,

And through the breeze and cool of eve,

In garden with Him walk.


Yet from such love he turned his gaze

And saw that cloying tree.

Forgot your gift, your word, your care.

To fatal fruit did flee.


He stretched his hand and took that fruit,

From your arms turned away.

Incurred for self eternal grief,

A debt he ne’er could pay.


You could have let him face his crime,

And die in filth of sin,

But you did choose to bring him back

To your embrace again.


Yet still you’d every right to choose

An easy, costless way

To bring this rebel son back home,

His shameless sin repay.


Enough to merely will this cure,

Desiring from afar,

And he would stand as did before,

Freed from blackened scar.


Beyond yet still, for you did choose

Yourself to take the blame.

A fearful, anguished, horrid price

To take away our shame.


Oh thank you, Jesus, bursting Heart.

It didn’t have to be.

Mysterious love, above, beyond,

Your Passion pure for me.


I’ll never know just what it means,

This Love that carried through

Such undeserved Redemptive work

To bring me back to you.


About Br Dain Scherber LC

Br Dain Scherber LC is a religious seminarian of the Legionaries of Christ. Born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota, he attended the Legion’s high-school seminary in New Hampshire at the age of 13. He did his first two years of seminary in Dublin, Ireland before being transferred to Connecticut, where he continued his studies in the classical humanities for two years and worked as an assistant on the formation team for four years. He is currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
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