Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By This One Thing...

Not in great knowledge we may boast
Nor by the words we say
Not through stiff laws that we enforce
Nor lengthy prayers we pray
Not by the wisdom we may glean
Or monetary gifts
No, this is not what will be seen
By hungry souls adrift

Not by the food we choose to eat
Nor by our clothes or car
Not through some grand and glorious feat
Will men know who we are
Not by a staunch, religious show
Of solemn piety
No, this is not how they will know
Who follows faithfully

Not by a ceremonial chant
Or what we’ve sacrificed
Nor by tradition’s rigid rant
Will we be recognized
But by one trait and one alone
We prove our difference
After the chaff from wheat has blown
Remains the evidence

And by this humble surety
Will be the single proof
Of they who follow faithfully
And do not stand aloof
Not by some impassable request
Will we reflect our Father
But purely, clearly, simply this

© Janet Martin

What is Love?


  1. ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ !!!

    Janet, I think the seventh line should be:

    "No, this is not what will BE seen"


  2. Thank-you do much for pointing that out and for your ever-encouraging words! Now my daily prayer is, Lord; teach me to love!


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