In Ephesians 2:10 it says we are "God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works". So we could stretch a little and think that God has made us a poem for others to read, a sonnet of good works that show the love of Christ to everyone we meet. Every day a new verse is written that rhymes with God's will for us to do.
Yesterday I met an incredible woman in church, a recovering alcoholic who has a street ministry which has led five people to Christ in the last week or so. To say she is on fire is an understatement, but to get here she had to walk through the valley of the shadow of death so to speak.
Her poem was like one of David's Psalms with the ups and downs of despair and joy, but all the while walking through that dark valley hand in hand with God. It might read something like this..............
Oh Lord I feel you near
But I have so much fear
The pull of my past is so strong
Yet I know you have forgiven my wrong
You are close you are far
Sometimes I wonder where you are
Then I feel an unspeakable joy
And I know that life is but a ploy
To draw me nearer to your heart
To make me strong, make me smart
Each day I want to share so loud
I want to tell them all, every crowd
Who you are and how you forgive
How you have loved me and let me live
Despite my wrongs you have made me right
And if you were to take me home to your house tonight
I would look back and my life and say
You were with me every step every day
We are truly God's poem, what is yours to write? Folks like this woman, like me, like we who have seen the darkness first hand, know how to write a sonnet on our hearts that will be read by others. And when they do, they will see the greatest poetry mankind has ever known, one of forgiveness, redemption and grace.
Write us yours, we'd love to hear it.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.