Grateful

If all that we see—goes tomorrow,
and that which we don’t see stands fast;
these unfurnished shacks that bring sorrow
will give in to that which will last;
if all that defiles and detracts us,
both that from without and within;
the ruts in the road that entrap us,
reminders of where we have been;
if things that we seek to sustain us,
that hold us and tempt us to sin;
conditions that cramp and restrain us

will suddenly come to an end;
if all the diseases that harm us,
and all of the wars that we fight;
the thoughts of our mind that alarm us,
surrenders to that which is right;

if He, as the end of the story,
brings all earthly things to a close,
and sets up a new world of glory,
eternal with perfect repose. . . .

then we above all can be grateful,
and nurture deep joy to the soul;
while reaching to others, be faithful,
for Jesus we want them to know;
then we, by His grace, can live worth’ly,
behavior conforming to Him;
with heavenly power, though earthly,
rejecting and turning from sin;
then we can be humble in spirit,
and not self-protect or hide;
and mirror His image and share it,
and nail to the cross all our pride;
then we can be brave and stand firmly,
whatever this world brings our way,
and we can be gentle, yet sternly
refuse to give in to its sway;
for we know the end of the story,
the City of God is in view,
and when He returns in His glory,
all promises made, He will do!


~JD Collier

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