He said, “Do not fear but trust in me.
Whate’er you face, I am near.
I will protect you, you will see.”
I asked the Lord about other feelings.
Should I simple stoically cease to feel?
He said, “No, feelings are a part of you.
Feelings are good and feelings are real.
But feelings are not to be your guide.
Feel completely, but faith is the way.
Your feelings are a natural part of you
But living for me is trusting what I say.”
What about my offenses and pains?
I asked Him, “Must I always forgive?”
He said, “Forgiveness is the only way
I gave you life and called you to live.
I forgave you, and gave you a gift.
That prize is forgiveness to offer all.
I paid the price for your burdens to lift.
Forgiveness is the way you answer the call.”
I asked, “Why is it hard to be your child,
To feel and not react, to hurt and not strike?
Why forgiveness, even when I’m riled?
Why can’t I just respond as I like?”
He smile, and chuckled and shook His head,
And said, “I removed from you sin’s condition.
I gave your soul life, raising it from the dead,
And gave you a purpose, a life mission.
You duty is to represent my message.
To a dead and hurting world you must go.
Your life is to serve as a hopeful presage,
And if you don’t live it, how would they know?”
I thanked the Lord for the desire to be
All that He called me, all that He defines.
I thanked Him for the power to make that me
And to shape my character until it aligns.