August 29, 2012

Lazarus Grace

Posted in Eastertide, Faith, Resurrection, Spiritual Warfare at 12:24 am by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Too soon the verdant trees will drop their leaves,
While flowers shed their fading blooms like tears.
So also hearts grow weary through the years,
Burn out, and then another lone heart grieves.
Like snow dissolving in the noonday sun
Our spirits languish under rays of doubt.
Thus burdened down, these feeble hearts wear out,
Becoming weak before the race is run.
When hearts grow weary and our strength declines,
The enemy looms large, and we would yield.
Like wounded soldiers, we would quit the field,
Until His healing grace upon us shines.
Then Lazarus comes forth to prove again
That Jesus Christ will ever rule and reign.

Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

The Scriptures are filled with the gruesome reality of what life is like on earth, beginning with God’s pronouncements in Genesis 3. Sin is a destroyer, and there are days when it takes more than all our strength to stand against it. The grass withers and the flower fades, and sometimes our faith fades with it. With St. Paul we say:

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. (II Corinthians 4:8-12)

This battleground on which we live and move at present is filled with life and death. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ means that each of us is a Lazarus. Lord, resurrect our faith, our hope, our love for You!

This poem is a bit of a departure for me. Most of it sounds solemn and hopeless, but considering that I wrote it three days after my late son’s birthday, I was still in a very somber mood. But let’s face it; we have those times in our lives. We are in pain and find no relief. We lose a dear one. We find that we’ve been betrayed by someone we thought was our dearest and best friend. And if we say that those things didn’t hurt and that we’ve never felt like giving up, we would be lying. The worst part is that those lies cause other Christians to believe themselves to be inferior when they become overwhelmed.

We are Kingdom people, and our hope is ever and always in the King, but it’s rough being a soldier of the Cross. Yet we can never completely lose heart, for while it is true that our lives will be blighted by sickness, loss, and death, the even greater truth is that we have the sure and certain hope of resurrection. And that alone is enough to resurrect our fading faith.

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