Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Holding Faith

Thomas Aquinas Quote:
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
 To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

The cares of life could kill us without faith’s kind confidence
Though ‘substance of things hoped for’ wears no concrete evidence
And cannot satisfy the eye with tactile clarity
Still, truth abides, a steadfast guide faith feels but cannot see

Nothing is greater than our God from whence all blessings pour
Though elephants of Unbelief are too large to ignore
Still, faith clings to The Evidence Unseen that none can steal
While prodigals stoke sorrows that this old world cannot heal

Life’s skein of joy and grief threads longing’s loom with prayer-scarred strings
They weave through parts that tug at hearts and hugs and tear-stained things
To comfort us when words and touch are like salt in a cut
And love alone is not enough to rectify Doubt’s ‘but’…

Where we would all be lost but for the faith to Just Believe
And let the Holy Spirit His profound purpose achieve
And we would all need evidence to prove what none can see
Without repentance and a heart of meek humility

Where care of life would kill us without God’s kind confidence
For ‘substance of things hoped for’ grants no concrete evidence
It will not satisfy the doubting eye with clarity
But waits until faith holds fast to what only God can see

© Janet Martin

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