* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Virtue Made Whole

Here's another of my old poems, written while doing missions service in Angola:

Virtue Made Whole

One moment can change your life,
One step that begins the journey.
Seek the Lord and wait for Him,
But let your waiting be not still,
Lest He pass you by again.
Await Him in the moment,
      The action,
The breathtaking power of virtue made whole.
I sought the Lord in earnest hope,
Yearning to be remade,
Never understanding that I would have to move
      So He could move through me.
I asked that I might love like Him,
To burn with passion and outreaching zeal,
And this the Lord has answered me:
To begin with the love I have,
Though pitiful and small,
For only in loving can love be made whole.
I asked that I might have joy like His,
The dancing delight of the Ancient of Days,
And this the Lord has answered me:
To begin with the joy I have,
Though weary and oft-distracted,
For only in rejoicing can joy be made whole.
I asked that I might have confidence in Him,
Enough to move mountains with my faith,
And this the Lord has answered me:
To begin with the faith I have,
Though weak and often shattered,
For only in believing can faith be made whole.
To wait for the Lord is to run after Him,
            And in utter confidence,
For He is near to those who seek Him.
Take this moment, my friend,
And step out in the direction of your prayers,
And the Lord will meet you on the tossing wave
And make you the instrument of answered prayer.

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