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

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?

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Selection

at the end
when temporal ends
and eternity begins
when judgement
has to be made for
those who
have not encountered Me
having kept their hearts
to themselves without
any thought of Me
many have questioned
what will happen to
these wayward souls
opinions one way
or the other are surmised
but no one really knows
except Me
I continually offer
New Life
Grace to repent and
turn to Me
until
time runs out
no one knows the
day or the hour
except Me
hoping for a
change of heart
My Love is
never held back
I allow difficult
circumstances  to
present opportunities for
coming Home but
some never accept
so
what am I to do?
it comes down to
one question for
each to answer
which brings each
face to face
with their own choice of
how they have already
determined for themselves
eternity's reward
by asking:
throughout your life
whom have you
freely chosen to
love and adore?
who was always first
in your heart?
for now and eternity
I shall permit you to
possess what you have
always selected to be
your all-
yourself
alone in the darkness
but then again
since you are reading this-
there is still time...

Reflection/Discussion:
-Who is first in your life?
-How do you show that?
-What needs to change in your life to grow in holiness?
-Where can you get support to change?
-How can you help those close to you to put Jesus first?
-How can you love Jesus more openly?


Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Prodigals

wounded by
sin's original consequences
deceived by
modern fantasies of
independence and
self-fulfillment
ignoring the
reality of sin by
keeping their
hearts firmly in
their own possession
Prodigals have
withdrawn from My care
even those who call
themselves My children-
followers of My Son-
by fulfilling the minimums
while resisting surrender
pretending to be faithful
while picking and choosing
what to believe
others without pretense
won over by the
forces of darkness by
having their desires
rule their behavior
chained to the
whims of fallen nature
their pride prevents the
dignity of My purpose-
to share My Nature
bought by Precious Blood-
thoughtlessly ignoring
My Love they
pursue their own way
above My offer of Mercy
so
here I stand on
Calvary's hilltop
suffering with My Son
waiting with open arms
just as His are spread by
nails of sin
Our Hearts pierced by
rejection's spear
We have sent Our Spirit
far and wide to
call and empower
Our Prodigals to
change their hearts to
carry their cross
and by enduring to
finally sup with Us
thus
We entreat:
turn back from
wandering foreign lands!
come home!
your royal rings
and robes
await!

Reflection/Discussion:
-How do you know if you are a Prodigal or not?
-How does a Prodigal 'come home'?
-How can you help bring Prodigals 'home'?
-What has to change to bring this about?