My hope for you

Poetry speaks to our minds and hearts and is meant to communicate more than the sum of its words. It is an apt expression of our walk with the Lord. I encourage you to forward this link to those you love. I pray this poetry leads you into reflection and prayer but I also want to start a conversation. You, too, have something to share with others-not only in person, but also here. Your experience is yours to give away to build up and learn from others in the Body of Christ. Share the word that you hear, the experiences you have lived. We are all part of the New Evangelization.If you also want to contact me by email, feel free: genefirn@yahoo.com

Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Chance

suppose
you don't
really understand
what the big deal is
about Jesus but
you think you do
you vaguely
remember when
you were a kid
preparing for your
First Confession
First Communion
then later
Confirmation
they made you go to Mass
even your parents who
didn't always go
made you go all the time
'till finally
they stopped forcing you
because of all your pushback
nobody else was really into it
so why should you be
the only one
then came College
and it was
crazyness personified and
God wasn't even an issue
now
it's the stress of  trying to
get a job
then a better one
bills to pay
relationship challenges
while adjusting to the
responsibility of
our first child coming soon
meanwhile
sometimes in the
interruptions of life
thinking back on my history
and questioning
what if
there was something more there
than I realized
what if
Jesus was who
He said He was
what if
it was ALL TRUE
some of my fellow workers
seem to experience
more than I ever did and
have something I don't
they talk about Jesus as
someone Real and Alive
who loves them and
they love Him
strange
it's hard to understand
but
when all is said and done
I'd like to have what they have
they seem pretty happy
even though they deal with some of
the same stuff I do
I don't know
sometimes it's confusing
but maybe
I should take a chance
like they've suggested
maybe
make that decision to
ask Him to
show me if He's real
start there
then maybe to
come into my life as my
Lord and Savior
when and if
He does show me
at least I'd know if
what they're saying is
true or not and
if it is true
it'll change everything
but if it's not true
I haven't lost anythimg
I'm looking for more
there's got to be more than
what I've seen up to now
well....why wait?
Jesus...
I want to know you
help me to know you
reveal yourself to me
show me if you are real
if you're alive
show me
I want to know
your Love
know you
follow you.....
and... after many days of
countless requests
without a resonse
in the quiet stillness of the night
a surprise intimacy uploads
an unfamiliar tear and
unraps an unexpected Gift...

Reflection/Discussion:
-What is your religious/spiritual background?
-Are you interested in taking a chance to see if He is real?
-Why/not?
-If not, what is holding you back?
-Do you see the value in moving forward?
-Why/not?
-Who can you talk to about moving forward?





Sunday, June 1, 2014

Security

am I really
your ALL?
the only One you
rely upon?
your only Security?
or do you
look to Me
only when
you have to?
security
you seek it
long for it
plan for it
count on it
the world-that which is
under the control of
the evil one-
the deceiver-
tells you to
look for it in
money
possessions
success
reputation
health
other people even
"spiritual" things that
take My place
sometimes you
hedge your heart
often inadvertantly
looking for the
comfortable or
familiar
safe and
without risk
relying on your
competencies and
not My Grace
but all these are like
shifting sands
stable one day
gone the next so
I will not leave you in
your deception nor
let you stay in your
less than
whole-hearted
surrender to Me because
I desire to give
more of Myself to you so
whatever is not
centered in Me
whatever directs you into
self-sufficiency- the path
leading to the Pride of Life-
I remove
sometimes slowly
other times expeditiously
but always purposely for
Holiness is My plan for you
a Life beyond your abilities
reached only through
trials of faith
purifications from
your nature's
proclivities of idolotry that
lead you into darkness
there is only one Goal
everything leads you
either toward or away from
attaining- to
know and love Me above all
now and forever so
set your heart on Me
keep your eyes upon Me
cling to Me in Love
as I uphold you and
do not wonder at the
firery ordeals that
enflame your life for
they are the
Fires of My Love
purifying and
forming you into
My Image and
Likeness



Monday, May 26, 2014

The Invitation

I know you
everything about you
nothing is hidden
from My eyes
before you came to be
I knew you
chose you to be
with Me forever
so, take this in:
I love you
it was for you that
I bore the cross
it was for you that
I carried your sorrows
suffered your pains
took upon Myself
your punishment
died your death
rejected and despised
all for you
personally-
you may wonder
how can this be?
what have I done to
deserve all that?
who am I that
without even asking
you would first
so love me?
yes
I know you
created you to
know Me
to know My Love for you
I will reveal Myself to you
reveal My Love for you to taste
if you only ask
accept My invitation to
come into your life
to be your Savior
to receive
My Salvation for
although it is you I love
I do not love your sin-
when you choose
your own way rather than
The Way of Love
disclosed in My Word
when you choose
your flesh which leads to
your destruction
instead of Me- so
receive My invitation to be
your Lord
seeking to do My Will
instead of your own
come
follow after Me
serve My Kingdom
take on My mission
receive My Spirit and
Gifts beyond nature's limits
for
I have Risen as
I said I would
proven My Word
I invite you to leave
your old life behind and
enter a New Life
it is late
your enemy has
many in his fold
he is after you as well
he destroys by deception
and uses your weaknesses
against you
I require your all but
I give you My All in return
you see
everyone must choose
one way or the other
not to choose is to
choose against Me and
against your best interests
say yes
turn away from sin
turn to Me for
life is short and
Eternity awaits

Reflection/Discussion:
-Do you feel Jesus actually wants you to know Him?
-That He actually loves you? Why/not?
-How would deciding to follow Him affect your daily life?
-How are you growing in your relationship with Jesus?
-What is your support system for growth?
-What are your challenges in your relationship with Jesus?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Suffering

bearing our griefs
carrying our sorrows
sharing our sighs
rejected and
despised by humanity
He came to
redeem His beloveds
take upon Himself our
overwhelming sins and
just punishments
offering forgiveness to
all who choose to
receive His Love
bestowing Divine adoption
a New Identity of
breathtaking Dignity
unthinkable
unreachable when
left to our own
limitations but
despite these truths
Jesus did not come to
prevent all our suffering in
this present existence for
it was freely chosen when
humanity's rebellion
set in motion
within sin's decision
the consequences of
anguish and death
though He took them all
upon Himself as
redemption's price
they remain embedded in
our nature's experience by
Satan's hand to
wreck havoc in this life and
eternal destruction for
all who freely choose to
remain in the
realm of sin
however when we
unite our sorrows with
His upon the cross in
timeless wonder
they are redeemed
transformed by Grace
into good for us and those
for whom we pray
though often
hidden in faith they
bring meaning into the
adversity of pain
which results in our hearts
being entwined with His
made One in
Suffering Fellowship
validating we are
not alone when
sorrow washes over us and
trials overtake us
even death's dark shadow
has been conquered by
the Light of His
Resurrection
promised to all who
pass through its portal
each disciple
rising to Eternal Joy
with sorrow banished and
every tear wiped away
so it is the reality that we
taste their demise now in
the outpouring of the Spirit
foretold by ancient Prophets
to be the first Fruit of His
Eternal Victory and
the Crown of
Everlasting Life

Reflection/Discussion:
-Compare Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 to this poem.
-How does Romans 8 fit-in with this poem?
-How does James 1:2-8 relate to this poem?
-How can you make "Redemptive Suffering" part of your life?
-Where in the Old Testament does it talk about the Holy Spirit being poured out?