Today in Church


Today in church,
the preacher asked me
if I would mind sharing
my testimony.
I strode to the front
to do my part
and told how the Lord
had changed my heart.

“First, let me read
a verse or two
from a parable by Jesus–
’bout what we should do.”

“Two men went to pray
at the temple,” you see.
“A tax collector
and a Pharisee—
The Pharisee thanked
his God that he
was not like the tax man
and never would be.
He tithed,
he fasted—
twice a week;
was unlike the tax man
who preyed on the weak.
But the tax man,
the sinner,
looked only down,
‘O God have mercy,’
as he bowed to the ground.”

“I tell you the truth—
of what Jesus taught:
one man was justified,
the other was not.
The humbled,
exalted,
the exalted,
brought low.
The sinners confession
had saved his soul.”

I looked up from reading–
looked straight in their face.
I spoke to them boldly
of mercy and grace.
“I too am a sinner.
I too beat my breast”,
told all of my sins,
from the worst to the best.
I laid it all out
in explicit detail,
how I, like the tax man
was bound for hell.

Then looking to heaven,
those present could see
me thanking the Lord
for setting me free.
“Thank you,” I said,
“for working in me—
so I am not like
that damned Pharisee!!”

~JD Collier

*from Luke 18:9-14

 

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One Comment on “Today in Church”


  1. Great poem. Thanks for sharing it!!!


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