Is this supposed to be the good stuff?

40 blogs of Lent – Day 31

Is this supposed to be the good stuff?

Messages to the churches – Day 24

Philadelphia – Day 3

A poem

The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Is this supposed to be the good stuff?

A pillar? Am I as hard hearted as that?
Never to go out? Trapped then.
As for the name writing, I’ve never been into tattoos, sensitive skin.
Is this supposed to be the good stuff?
If this is what conquerors get I’ll rather be submissive, if that’s all right by you.

What do you mean that is not alright?
You want me to conquer?
Is this supposed to be the good stuff?
I’ve never been good at fighting.

It’s not that kind of conqueror?
What other kind is there?
One who endures?
Is this supposed to be the good stuff?
I’ve never been good at enduring. Even in hospital I’m the impatient patient.

When you said follow me
I was thinking of walking together through meadows
of wild flowers
the warm breeze blowing through our hair
But the dream has gone

Is this supposed to be the good stuff?
Even the hair has gone.

I am too weak to fight.
I enlisted for heaven and playing a harp on a cloud, not to be in an army,
I’m not cut out to be a soldier.

But then you came to me again,
Put your arm on my shoulder,
All I felt was love.

You told me you had already done this
That you would never ask me to do something you would not do.
That you would be there with me
You would be my strength,
You would be my courage.

So I got up and followed you again.
With only your name on my lips.
Jesus.

I have found the good stuff.

-o0o-

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Revelation 3:7-13


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Seven Churches – Day 1

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