December 9, 2012

Faith Works

Posted in Advent, Faith, Lent, Works of Mercy at 8:21 am by Teresa Roberts Johnson

True faith has busy hands and feet
And eagle eyes that seek out
Hunger to fulfill and pain to ease.
Faith binds up broken hearts
No physic can amend and dries the tears
From faces stained with hopelessness.
Hearts buried in despair are warmed and filled
With every good gift God supplies.
And those who suffer famine of all kinds—
Of wretched body, soul, and mind—
Are satisfied by faith that lives and breathes,
By faith that prays and works and hopes,
By faith that loves the Triune God
And also loves the sheep for whom Christ died,
By faith that works.

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

More to come later on an explanation, but for a long time I’ve wanted a way to bring together I Corinthians 13 and James 1 and 2, and these are the thoughts that finally emerged. I am convinced that no organization can call itself a branch of the Church unless it is actively engaged in works of mercy, perhaps the most important of which is evangelism.

I’ve dropped my usual form-bound style and opted for a more natural flow of language.

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