Friday, September 16, 2016

Much To Learn

 We are all scholars because...

Until the will of us is not so stubborn and me-wrought
Until the fear of God is greater than the fear of thought
Until the letting go surrenders woeful want for need
Until we learn to love the way that Jesus first decreed
We still have much to learn

Until the More we hunger for exceeds mere touch and taste
Until the battle that we fight is not for blood-shed waste
Until we fully recognize the size of tick and tock
And how its Ultimatum minimizes skies and clocks
We still have much to learn

Until we do not need to understand God’s what or why
Until we realize the best that we can do is try
Until the heart is thrilled with meditation on God’s word
And mouths don’t shout or spout with doubt and anger undeterred
We still have much to learn

We still have much to learn, but God so rich in mercy cares
He does not turn against us as we repent-repeat prayers
But lavishes our penitence with a new day of grace
And like a mother hen longs to fold us in His embrace
While we have much to learn

© Janet Martin

 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
 how often I have longed to gather your children together, 
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, 
and you were not willing.


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