* 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 In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All."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, February 10, 2016

St. Valentine's Song

Here's a poem I wrote all the way back in 2003. This was in the early age of my poetry, and so its sense of meter and word choice is perhaps not quite as polished as what I could throw together now (in fact, I've excluded about half of the original poem's stanzas, for the simple reason that they weren't very good). But, since Valentine's Day is in the offing, I thought it would be fitting to post what were my very first poetic musings on the subject. It was written while I was attending Houghton College, and as yet still single, so it has a bit of a reactionary impulse against the spirit of the holiday; nonetheless, I still think it's worth a reading.

St. Valentine's Song 

Romance is a gift from God,
A glorious offering of praise,
But it cannot be a substitute
For the passionate pursuit of grace.

We must hunt for joy,
And never give up the chase
To find in Him who made us
The love that floods this earthly race.

So I will fix my eyes on Him,
And He will take this humble soul
And He will break it and shape it
And will make it truly whole,

Until I can be the servant
Who for love gives up his life.
And then, perhaps, romance will come,
But not without the sacrifice.

Lord, grant me the grace
To lay aside my own ambitions
To embrace the race you’ve set for me
And seek my will’s submission.

No lesser love will I settle for
Than the love that Christ showed me,
And I shall not rest until that love
Is poured from this heart, complete.

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