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By Peter O
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God-Cold World

"[Grace] is teaching us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly and devoutly in this age." Titus 2:12


It is as though
I walked through a winter's day,
With summer's waters iced, and
Cold the master of alll, such
Is a world turning it's back on You.

I pray it turns back.

It offers only a prosthetic of truth.
For it, truth is a glass eye. And
Those longing to be the "top"
Rot into soul-vandals. While
Religion ls but a broken bell-tower.

I pray it turns back.

I hope it turns to You, Father,
Where the Soothe of Your Comfort,
Where the Warmth of Jesus' Blood, and
Where the Thaw of the Spirit's Breathe,
Will rescue us from the wild whistle of bullets,
And the cruel blast of warheads.

I long it turns to awe, for
Awe takes the god out of man, and
Pours wonder into his soul. And,
It's chant leads us from cold narrow allies
To the Sun-Dawn of You, my God.


With awe opened arms, the soul will live
A God-Wide life,
A God-Crowned life,
Where justice IS a scale,
Where love IS strength --

A God-Warm-World.

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Submitted: Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012

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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