Faith Enough

Take #1

I have faith enough to believe that God can heal
But do I have enough to trust if He does not

I believe enough to know that faith is real
But do I know enough to test what I am taught

I trust enough to feel the Spirit’s seal
But do I perceive enough His deepest thought


Take #2

I have faith enough
to believe that God can heal
But do I have enough
to trust if He does not

What if this sickness
forever does endure
Will I succumb to hopelessness
or claim a promise sure

I trust that God can take away
every single ounce of pain
But do I trust His answer
as His provident domain

Without this lingering wound
where would my compassion be
I must have faith enough to trust
what only God can see


Sharing for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night. Two poems with the same first stanza but different line breaks and a slightly different focus. Also sharing at A Dash of Sunny‘s Prompt Night, which I just discovered yesterday.

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31 Responses

  1. I have faith enough to believe that God can heal
    But do I have enough to trust if He does not

    A classic opening Linda! It has to be a faithful that adheres to beliefs to guide towards the future. And one must have those beliefs accepted in the first place to savor the goodness that comes.Beautifully set for both takes!


  2. Yes, we wonder IF we will have enough faith to accept the tough stuff…your second take has clarity. Thanks for sharing the struggles.

  3. The message is similar but not the same. As to the poetry I prefer the first. The effective use of rhyme, meter, and conciseness tightens the thought, and improves the power and passion of the text for me. Beautiful work, Linda.

  4. The first two lines do it for me. Will I have enough faith to trust God when He does not heal my wounds? Of course, because He works in mysterious ways. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We do so often question and doubt….it seems the eternal paradox of faith. My taste lean towards take 1, but I have never been much of a structure guy.

  6. I prefer Take #2, for the message is not blurred by the rhyme schemes, & they become almost internal. I love the saying,”If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan.” I struggle with the realities of the tragedies we experience; my 3-week old grandson is in the hospital today.

  7. This message must be something God is trying to hammer into me. Last night at Mass, the sermon was about just this–using the story of Daniel and his companions in the fiery furnace. They trusted in God but were okay if he decided that they would end up crispy! Surrender. Arrgh.

  8. Can you indeed… the everlasting question? ever since Job, it’s a question asked… I learned it was called Theodicy once… and scholars have struggled with it for many years… I think I like your first take the better.

  9. Oh! The line breaks give such a lot of profound depth to this poem. Especially in awe of the closing lines. Beautifully penned 🙂

    Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights Linda.
    Lots of love,

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