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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Forgiver

it is not for you
to punish
your offender
harboring hatred
in your heart
a cruel infection
of your wound
that devours
your soul and
destroys your body
My daily offenders
refuse the offer
to turn away from
choosing death
over life and so
gain their
sinful inheritance
even as My hand
remains outstretched
in Mercy
to the very end
despite liberty's abuse
but as for you
let your anger
fight for justice
speaking the truth
in love- a choice
rooted in Grace
regardless of
emotion's strain-
and a motivation
for reparation
also knowing that
in the end
true justice
will prevail
as I work all things
for the good
in those who love Me
the fruit of healing
comes from the balm
of My Power
to petition
a change of heart
for therein lies
transformation's fuel
hoping to gain
reconciliation's bloom
a forgiver's freedom
rests secure in
giving over
letting go
praying for
seeking more
since your enemy's good
is also
your own and
his salvation
ushers-in
Redemption's Glory

Reflection/Discussion:
-Did anything "touch" you in the poem? Describe it and why. 
-Have you forgiven everyone in your life?
-If not, what prevents you from doing so? 
-Explain the meaning of "forgiveness is a decision".
-How do your feelings relate to your decision to forgive?
-Does forgiving someone "let them off the hook"? Why/not?
-Does not forgiving someone "punish" them? Why/not?
-How does your enemy's salvation usher-in Redemption's Glory?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Kiss

compassion's sentinel
gazes through
tears of blood from
sorrow's perch
as Love overcomes
death's sentence
by surrendering to
redemption's radical demands
the willingness of a Heart
pierced for sin's burden to
attain separation's remedy
bridging an
infinite chasm by
making possible
humanity's transfer to
Divine Life's shore
yet the Gift
being freely offered is
only satisfied when
freely received
one to One
eye to Eye
heart to Heart
history's execution
resurrection's renewal
made present
by Grace
when old is made new
brokenness mended
healing delivered
forgiveness fulfilled
when I and Thou
are consummated
by the kiss
of the cross

Reflection/Discussion:
-How is the Gift of Salvation freely offered and received?
-What are "redemption's radical demands" for you?
-What is the "kiss of the cross"??
-What can you do that you're not doing to grow in your relationship with the Lord?
-How can we support one another in our commitment to the Lord?

The Embrace

the treasure of suffering
so often obscured
by its
unsightly price
too rich for our
fallen nature
forged by self interest
shielded by resistance
bearing any cost
to protect our
frail dominion which
struggles with
life's trials
at times
beyond our
full comprehension
but not beyond
our graced decisions
albeit
not our first choice
bringing us face to Face
with our Redeemer
a kiln of Love
there we discover
ever anew
the consolation of
Union's peace
the promise of
good's triumph and
purification's
cyclic fruits
hindsight's perfect view
having greeted our challenge
in faith and hope
not begrudgingly
but with
an embrace

Reflection/Discussion:
-How can suffering ever be "a treasure"?
-What does "a kiln of Love" mean?
- What does it mean to "embrace our suffering"?
-What place does suffering have in our lives?
-What prevents us from embracing our suffering?
-What are the benefits of embracing our suffering?
-How can we support one another in our suffering?