Of Death and Mourning

Narrow path

Are we tired yet of death and mourning,

Assigning blame and wanting our own way.

Father hear my prayer, we’ve lost our moorings,

From Your great love and grace we’ve gone astray.

Are we ready to attend the warnings?

Christ’s murder on the cross should all death stay.

We are all the seed of Your Creation

Yet to each we cause such desolation.

 

From womb to death row we snatch away life;

Life You gave to honor, love, respect.

Instead of Your compassion we serve strife.

We’re first to turn our back, choose to reject,

So thick the hatred, cut it with a knife;

Refuse to see how deep our choice affects.

Instead of roaming wide embracing hate,

Return and enter by the narrow gate. *

 

Allow the Spirit to transform our hearts and minds. **

Let not another child of God be killed

And shed our fears and bias, no more blind.

Turn from anger; mercy and grace instill;

Drink not from scorn, instead a cup of kind.

As Jesus, we must do our Father’s will.

Our mission is to love and reconcile ***

So no one is denied God’s gracious smile.

 

* “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

 

** “Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and perfect.” Romans 12:2

 

*** “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has entrusted this message of restored relationships to us to tell others. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

 

14 comments

  1. I wish we see humanity first before anything else. It’s time to see all as humans first. Thanks for providing a spiritual perspective of mankind.

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    1. Yes, humanity first – we must begin to see an individual before us. We must begin to let go of fear and embrace compassion and love, even in the most dire of circumstances.

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  2. Beautiful prayer.

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    1. Thank you, Mike.

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  3. I liked the poem, and I especially liked the asterisks pointing to applicable Scripture. That’s a nice touch.

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    1. Thanks. It was actually the Scripture that inspired the poem.

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  4. A timely message and wonderful hope for us Susan. You have said it so well.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Thank you, and may God’s blessing be with you today, Tom.

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  5. “Love and reconcile, so no one is denied God’s Gracious smile” I love your closing line. It brings the whole poem together in one neat little package. Oh, that the church would heed this call!

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    1. Indeed, Pete. We must, as followers of Christ, be followers in full. We must stop pointing fingers and instead stand up and be counted. Just as Jesus spoke against unjust political, legal and religious systems that condemned the poor, the outcast, the different and the broken, so must we.

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  6. James 2:17 – “So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead.”

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    1. And amen to that, Paul. Thanks.

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