The Verdict Set Aside

The mother of a boy with Duchenne is often found Guilty! by those around her, Guilty! within herself. For it is, “The mother’s fault,” say some. The disease, “Came from the mother,” say others. “He’s my boy!” says Mom.

 

A sense of guilt is far different than true guilt. Yet many mothers struggle with the sense that they are guilty, and rationalizing, “talking it out”, or ignoring the verdict cannot make it go away. Injustice must be appealed to be overturned.

 

Found guilty by whom? By God?

No. God, the Great Appellant Judge, waits anxiously for the defendant to appeal, for injustice must be appealed to be overturned.

 

What injustice has been committed?

There has been no crime!

The randomness of our imperfect existence is not her fault!

 

And further, the first trial was rigged for a “guilty” verdict!

For the defendant argued the case, and the defendant found herself guilty.

 

So who will argue her case before the Appellant Judge?

The Great Advocate, the One who already speaks on our behalf: Jesus Christ.

She need only ask our Advocate to make the appeal on her behalf.

 

 

The Verdict Set Aside
                                  by Rich Clingman (06/17/01)

 

A trial,

A man,
Charged with some horrendous crime.

 

Someone is guilty!

Someone must pay!

 

The prosecutor has presented his evidence.
He has argued his case.

The jury has deliberated,
A verdict found.

 

Guilty!

 

But injustice has been done!
Injustice must be appealed to be overturned.

 

The verdict is appealed.
New arguments made and evidence shown.

The appellant judge decides.
The errant verdict is set aside.

 

 

A trial,

A woman,
Charged with taking a boy’s life.

 

Someone is guilty!

Someone must pay!

 

The prosecutor has presented her evidence.
She has argued her case.

The jury has deliberated,
A verdict found.

 

Guilty!

 

But injustice has been done!

 

The defendant was the judge.
The defendant argued the case.
The defendant was the jury.
The defendant’s verdict found.

 

This injustice must be appealed to be overturned!

 

The verdict can be appealed,
For no crime has been committed!

The Great Advocate is waiting.
He will argue her case.

 She only need appeal,
And the errant verdict will be set aside.

 

The Advocate is waiting by her side.
 


The Verdict Set Aside
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