Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Thank-you God Poem


Thank-you God, you clothe with beauty
Every season of the earth
You anoint each day with mercy
In spite of what we deserve

Thank-you God, you grant us favor
Though often we turn away
You unfurl grace, like a banner
Over every break of day

Thank-you God, You offer pardon
Where our guilt would hopeless prove
You are the God of salvation
Nothing can usurp Your love

Thank-you God, your Supreme Presence
Drives asunder doubt, with cheer
Where we would be hungry peasants
Doomed to Death’s cold, sullen fear

Thank-you God, You never leave us
Absolute within, without
Your love softens hardened places
Like a warm rain after drought

Thank-you God, when words would fail us
You behold the heart at loss
Full of wonder at Your promise
Through the power of the cross

Thank-you God, our sin would damn us
To hell’s horror but for this;
To break The Curse You sent Jesus
To become our Righteousness

© Janet Martin

There are a few attention-deficit-disorder students in my lively Gr.5&6 Sunday School class. It’s hard to keep the conversation on course but when we came to the part in our lesson that talked about what happens if we say ‘no’ to the gift of salvation God made possible through Jesus’ death on the cross, it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop!

Below is the chapter from the Bible that our lesson was based on; We went outside with a bag of chaff(straw) that we tossed into the wind; 
a visual lesson on the useless, weightlessness of an ungodly life.

Psalms 1

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Thank you for your visit to this porch. I'd love to hear if or how this post/poem touched you!