Endure, A Spiritual Poem








Dedication


For those who have been falsely accused and persecuted.

To those who stood by me, you are my rock


 

ENDURE

I came to teach,
To open eyes and ears and minds.
You believed you were sufficiently wise,
And knew all you needed to know.
You would not listen.
I was different,
And you pushed me away.
You never tried to know me.
You made me suffer.
You rejected me.
And, when I would not depart,
You plotted against me,
And branded me with your lies.
You charged me, and tried me,
Because it was easier than making room for change.
You asked me your questions,
To prove my guilt.
You expected a frightened defense you could attack,
But you didn’t understand my responses.
I answered in truth.
You saw the honor in my eyes.
Your heart heard the righteousness in my voice,
And wanted to believe,
But your mind could not accept my words.
They did not fit your rigid understanding,
Your plan, your science.
My truth made you uneasy,
Because it parted from the crowd.
So you listened with your mind,
And took the painless track.
Satisfied the majority, evaded courage,
Sank back into your easy life.
You washed your hands of duty,
Cast me aside because I was only one.
But the predictions I made will come to pass.
And your heart will remember,
That it knew.

As for me,
You are already forgiven;
For your hatred,
For your fear,
For your cowardice,
For my punishments,
Because I saw things differently,
And dared to speak my mind,
To warn you,
To care enough about you to try.
I have moved on,
To other challenges I must face,
Other bridges I have to cross.
Holding onto anger against you,
Would only hold me back.
For I am far from perfect,
And qualified to judge you not.
That is for another.
I am satisfied with what is done.

 
 



Scriptures


“When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure”

1 Corinthians 4:12 (ESV)



“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Genesis 50:20 (ESV)


“But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.”

Psalms 26:11 (ESV)


“Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.”

Psalms 25:16 – 21 (ESV)


“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame,”

Romans 5:1 – 5 (ESV)


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalms 23 (ESV)


Note – (ESV): All scriptures have been quoted from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, published by Crossway of Wheaton, Illinois – www.esvbible.org. I have used the digital text provided in The Bible Study App by Nelson Media, Inc. of Spokane, Washington – www.olivetree.com.