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Blessings or Reprimand
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By Michael P. Johnson
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Far better than a kiss from God

Is oft a scolding word

To some; this sounds extremely odd

To others, more absurd


Mum's kiss goodnight, when tucked in bed

Often we quick forget

But father's clout we fear and dread

We learn; or soon regret!


With care, concern, with righteous love

Knowing we need to change

A warning slap; a tug, a shove

One's life to rearrange


Never reject the love of God

Or doubt when found at fault

The Lord will only use His rod

Until one's worth their salt


Each sin may hurt; The Truth to see

To learn, we oft must feel

The Father's hand will set us free

For Christ to set His seal


One's deeds are always in God's sight

Each thought He can discern

Through Christ we learn to do what's right

Who don't must fear to burn


He may sound harsh but true and just

God's righteous through and through

His judgement we can always trust

To give us all we're due


God's blessing; or His reprimand

When offered which is best?

On earth I'd rather feel His hand

In Heaven to be blessed.....Michael P. Johnson

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Submitted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Last Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017

About the Poet
I never wrote a word of poetry in my life. Till the day Jesus took my hand and touched my soul.....I invite your response. However most poems are not about me! Very few are. But the feed-back good, bad or indifferent is always desired. Not meant to offend, but I write about many things in many a guise. Of life, death, lost, found, saved, backsliders, new comers, repenting souls, doubting hearts, heathens, Christians, fire, water, Satan's daughter, wallowing in sin, saved, made sound walking in Light, graceful righteous. Suffering, ecstatic, bored, excited, sad, delighted, Sick, well, lame, able, living, dying, etc. etc. etc. Writing about anything, everything and everyone as the spirit leads. All meant to reveal, waken, revive, encourage, shame, help. Gladden, pick up, exalt, portrait, liberate. Again over 99% of my work is not about me. Although at times I write as though I were or am. Speaking e.g. in the first person. This is quite common even in the bible itself. Prophets speak of themselves, then God speaks, again the prophet, then God......Quite often it's difficult to distinguish whom it is that at any given time is speaking or narrating.

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