Friday, November 20, 2020

Confession is Good For the Goal

 PAD Challenge day 19; write a confession poem

Oh look! He fills dawn's gleaming stair
with Mercy's 'try again'

I am not always meek and kind 
I sure wish I would be 
I hate the shells I’ve strewed behind 
In verbal mutiny 

I am not yet a model of 
Wisdom’s perfected clay 
I am still a student of love 
Learning what not to say 

The tongue is not like ink and page 
A mouth cannot back-space 
A word, when it has fled the cage 
No technique can erase 

One would think after all these years 
Of practice I would know 
What not to say, but oh, my dears 
I fear it isn’t so 

God, rich in kindness hears my prayer 
He makes forgiveness plain 
For look, He fills dawn’s gleaming stair
With mercy’s ‘try again’ 

Thus, I press t'ward the Goal once more
And ask God to renew
His watch to guard the Sacred Door
That all my words pass through

© Janet Martin

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, 
he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless.

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth protects his life, 
but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Psalm 19:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart 
be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Well! I wrote this post
then turned to read today's Daily Bread Devotion...
(a very-worth-one's-while-read)
This: Eph.4:29-32
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, 
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, 
that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, 
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 
 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, 
brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 
 Be kind and compassionate to one another, 
forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Thank-you Lord!

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