The seeds of a poem were planted during a Zoom call with my Author Access group. I love this group. Technically it’s just a group of students in an author marketing course run by Alice Crider. But it’s become so much more. The members of this group are an encouragement and inspiration to me. They help keep me going when I become discouraged in my writing journey.
During our most recent call, Alice asked one of our members, Susan Brehmer, to talk about song writing as a means of bringing emotion into our writing. Susan led us in an exercise to write down first what we love about Jesus, and then—the harder part—what Jesus loves about us. When I finished my lists, I realized they were seeds enough to grow a hundred poems, but today I write just this one.
I Sing a Song of Love
What can I sing of my love for Jesus?
What will I pen for Him?
He alone truly knows me and still He loves me.
He shows His compassion for me,
Holds me close, even at my worst.
When I weep, when pain tortures my body and soul,
He comforts me.
Oh how He consoles me.
He has never left me, and He never will.
Why do I love my Savior?
His truth is clear,
His way definite and sure.
He never expects me to save myself,
Knowing I never could.
He didn’t have to redeem me,
But He chose the cup of wrath
So that I wouldn’t have to,
And death would no longer sting.
Because of His mercy
I live strong and fearless.
And what does Jesus love about me?
This is something harder to see,
But true nonetheless and just as sure.
He loves my smile and my tears.
The compassion He taught me.
The trust He bought me
With His blood on the cross.
My willingness to be vulnerable and true,
That others can see Him in me.
What does Jesus see in me?
My heart broken and mended,
My faith by His Spirit granted.
My song of grace and hope and love.