What We Deserve
We think we all deserve God’s love
All good gifts that come from above
A good God wouldn’t send folks to hell
And therefore the story we tell saves all with love
Except, of course, men like Hitler
Terrorists and Jeffrey Dahmer
They don’t deserve to see heaven
Don’t belong with the eleven we are so sure
But just where do we draw the line
What is your fate and what is mine
We all deserve God’s holy wrath
Because we’ve followed our own path and think we’re fine
We must be repentant sinners
When the truth of God’s mercy blurs
Vision of the Lamb who was slain
And how He took all mankind’s pain troubled heart stirs
Not one of us deserves God’s grace
Praise to Jesus who took our place
He saw our need and came to save
His life for us He freely gave, we must embrace
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As is typical for me, when I learn a new poetry form I can’t write just one. The idea for this poem was originally going to be an essay, but this morning this Florette started forming in my mind, so I finished writing it while I ate my breakfast and decided to post it in time to share for Meeting at the Bar at dVerse Poets Pub.
I’m so happy to see that you were inspired enough to write a second poem, Linda, and it’s a beauty too.
I think this form might be my new favorite.
That’s great, Linda, nice to hear that.
It’s really simple.. my
friend.. none of us are
in a place of judgement
to judge anyone else..
in a personal way
as only God knows
and fills our shoes.. and
those shoes of
as well.. as
and as they go..
So be it as is
God’s hand of paiNt.. Now..
the greaTest Lover of God
will play the role of Devil
if that is the test
to submit to
the lessons of
the ages are beyond
as well.. so we are in no
place to judge a ‘devil’ either..
God’s rules always apply now
Linda, as Bjorn said, you were really inspired. Excellent message in this poem. We all need to contemplate grace, and your poem points us in the right direction.
You did a wonderful job with the form, and of course, with the topic. I think we may be surprised to find persons we have condemn to hell in our little way have been saved and that some you seem so perfect well… Who knows I think we may be surprised to find persons we have condemn to hell in our own little way have been saved and that some who seem so perfect well… Who knows? God does!
Grace becomes even more precious when one considers that Jeffrey Dahmer most likely gave his life to Jesus before he died. A prison preacher named Roy Ratcliff vouches for the story. As far as Hitler goes, I haven’t heard any good stories about him.
I had not heard that about Dahmer. Thanks for sharing. And there’s still hope for the terrorists. Jesus converted Saul to Paul – He’s kind of a miracle worker. Peace, Linda
God’s grace is all encompassing. This is a beautiful testament!
You are inspired today Linda. I hope there is grace for most of us, and who really know what’s counts in the end.
There is grace for all who accept it and don’t think there is any way to earn their own way. Peace, Linda