Part 4: Redemption
A baby born to save the Earth
Unlikely though the claim
Grew up to measure each man’s worth
But loved them just the same
A man who studied each one’s heart
With eyes to pierce the soul
Rejected none who stood apart
But gave each one a role
His light was fierce for some who saw
Not all could bear its glow
For thosewhose thoughts were mean and poor
They hoped he’d never know
But that was just the point, it seemed
Why into life He stepped
He came to touch the hearts He seeks
And help them to accept
Part 3: Man’s downfall
Surely not people?
You just could have stopped when You finished the apes, Lord
Why could You have needed to go one more stage?
You knew we would argue, be bitter and selfish
So why insert humans on History’s stage?
Imagine the peace of a Man-less existence
With animals living Utopia’s dream
They’d populate Earth in a natural manner
With no higher species to rule them supreme
And yet, You decided that man had some value
Completed Creation and made it all whole
In fact, in Your words, the Earth needed subduing
So You formed a Man for a management role
You hoped for relationship, worship and thanks, Lord
You’d fight our indiff’rence with Your constant love
You knew our capacity for self-destruction
Could only be calmed by a hand from above
So where are we now in the Cosmic Agenda?
With battles and evils of inhuman scale?
We fear to address what we’ve really become, Lord
How can You bear watching the ways that we fail?
No, really, what value do You think we’ve added?
We’ve killed and destroyed in a ravenous way
How can You continue to love without question?
When You see the pain we inflict every day?
You came once, it seems, with a plan for redemption
So Man had some help in his struggle to cope
We pray for the power of His efforts to save us
For while He fights for us, cares for us, there’s hope
Part 2: Continuing my theme this week of what we’re about, here is my take on Adam and Eve:
He had no childhood memories
For formed as a man was he
And he and his wife
Began all human life
And their actions changed history
They lived long, we’re told, in banishment
Worked the land and toiled for food
But we’re yearning to learn
Did their hearts still return
To that garden, where all was good?
Their act of will left them free to choose
Made them slaves of their own desires
But it brought them great pain
And outside God’s domain
They lived closer to Satan’s fires
So all through their seven hundred years
Did they harbour some deep regrets?
Did they relive that day?
Wish their choices away?
Seek forgiveness for Mankind’s debts?
We cannot know of their inner thoughts
But they had many years to reflect
Would they counsel today
Not to choose our own way
But to give God our hearts’ respect?
As their children grew and they peopled the Earth
Did they dearly desire God’s pardon?
Did they yearn for the love
They’d once known from above
When they walked in that shady Garden?
If, like me you wonder about our world and our place in it, you may like this week’s poems. I’ll start at the Beginning:
It happened many years ago
In a dark and shapeless void
When a Hand of Power formed a precious world
A treasure to be enjoyed
Not only with intricate delicacy
Did He fashion this gift He made
But He formed a wondrous Universe
Where His treasure could be displayed
And as a Master Craftsman will
He added delightful gems
Of mountain vistas, trees and seas
He added creatures small and vast
As living counterparts
But longed to share Creation’s dream
With God-filled, human hearts
At first the man He made was true
His woman made things whole
They roamed His Garden safe and blessed
Till into sin they stole
They were encouraged, this is true
From one whose heart was bad
And turning them was his desire
To make the Maker sad
And so with heavy, grieving heart
He turned them to the world
Not full-abandoned, yet exiled
And Satan downward hurled
The story could have ended there
But God still loved His man
And while they battled bitter lives
He formed a rescue plan…