Strength Indeed

The lack of reverence
is so very sad.
I don’t feel at home
in this world gone mad.

Irreverence for God
just tears me apart.
True life is offered,
but they harden their heart.

But You oh Lord
endure for a length.
Let me not forget,
Your joy is my strength.

Help me be longsuffering,
bearing with the weak…
in lowliness of mind,
not proud, but meek.

Through Your sufferings,
I am a joint heir…
training for heaven,
to live with you there.

This world will pass,
and has nothing I need.
Your grace is sufficient,
and strength indeed.

By Jesse Larsen, January 15, 2005

Note: This is just a poem with many different thoughts that were running through my mind last night, and after I woke up this morning. Toward the beginning of the poem I was just thinking about how it seems like no one ever listens to reason, and how it seems this way especially with many who claim to be Christians. I have been grieving over that both last night and this morning. But as I continued writing the poem I started to turn my mind more toward the Lord, and His longsuffering nature, and the joy that comes from focusing on Him, and the joy that comes in partaking of His sufferings. Here are two verses which helped inspire this poem…

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should parish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17)