* 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 In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All."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, May 17, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:19-24)

Section 1:19-24 (corresponding to Luke 1:18-23)

Then answering this,  Zachariah said,
“Tell me, how can this be? My youth has fled!
My wife Elizabeth is aged too;
Oh, how can I know what you say is true?”

And thus said the angel to his reply:
"I myself serve before the Lord Most High.
Gabriel my name, who speaks unto you:
A word from God can be nothing but true.

So from this day forth you shall speechless be,
Yes, until you behold the prophecy;
For you have distrusted God’s chosen way,
But know it shall be, despite your unfaith.”

Outside the Temple the crowd wondered why
The aged priest tarried so long inside.
Then out he appeared, but now void of speech:
No, he could not pray, and he could not teach.

Perhaps he had seen a vision in there,
But whatever it was, he could not share.
He completed his work of ministry,
Then went back to his home, to wait in peace.

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