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By Peter O
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BUT

"For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want."
Romans 7:19

With Paul,
I desire the Light,
BUT drawn to the dark.

I desire to trust, BUT,
The tawny old lion of worry
Tracks me, chases me, and
I panic -- spend life
Fleeing and dreading.

I desire to forgive, BUT,
The wintry friend of "grudge"
Bedmates with me, and
I sleep in the cage of past hurts --
Rancors my dreams.

I desire to pray, BUT,
The honey of distraction
Sticks together my prayer's flight feathers,
And I stay flightless --
A mute bird.

I desire to see You in all things, BUT,
The ocean's rip-tide of doubt
Wrest me from Your shores for
I am haunted by the world's suffering,
The roar, the requiem for the persecuted --
A planet of blood.

Father,

Why? Why? Wny?
The persecutions, the faith-killings;
Why?

Yes, ONLY You know the answer.
Yet, Your Servant Paul helps --
The suffering of the persecuted
Makes manifest
The persecution of Jesus. (2 Cor. 4:10-11)

Jesus lives
In, with, and through
The persecuted, STILL,
He resurrects,
As they!


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Submitted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.


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