What will you do?

A Poem By Libby // 3/18/2018

There are aching hearts
waiting,
hoping
for brand new starts—
broken lives
hurting,
stinging
under the weight of it all.
They call
with a voice that travels
far beyond
the seas:
in vain.
They echo,
bouncing off the walls
of stony hearts.

Small babies cry
for food they
cannot have.
Their parents face
sickness,
starvation,
and ruin.
Old men
sit against the curb
with nothing,
nothing but a piece
of cardboard,
scrawled over with
black ink and
words,
a plea that's heard
from the corners
of the earth:
"Please
help!"
Children are pulled
in two,
hurt by the course
of a life
now normal:
divorce.
Brokenness
penetrates
everything.

Are we blind?
Don't we see,
can't we find
hurting families
to help?
Are we deaf
to the words
of Jesus
when he told us
to 'go'?
There's pain,
suffering,
a world stained
in guilt,
awaiting grace
that we do not give.
We have forsaken
our cause,
our purpose,
our calling
to help those in need,
those taken
by darkness,
those hopeless,
despairing,
and lost.

Do you know
what it is
to hurt?
Have you felt
the shame
of being
homeless?
What do you know
of life beyond
the comforts you
now have?
Perhaps you know.
Or maybe
not.
The pain is
out there;
it's real!
People feel
what cannot be described
because of it's
awfulness.

So I ask you,
now,
not
what have you done,
nor
what do you do,
for I
ponder not the past.
I ask you
what will you do,
for the cause,
forsaken,
now to be
taken
up again?
What will you
do?

Comments

A good wake-up call

This is a very good wake-up call, Libby. And much needed in this day and age.
I particularly like the last 7 lines. And then this bit:
Brokenness
penetrates
everything.

Lovely. Thank you for sharing. :)

Damaris Ann | Sun, 03/18/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

:)

Libby, this was very well written and has a sobering but needed message. I just finished a book called "When Helping Hurts" read alongside one about Syria called "We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled." Both left me with a strong feeling of "what can I do?" that your poem echoed eloquently.

Kyleigh | Fri, 03/23/2018

Thank you both. I have

Thank you both. I have recently been writing a speech on understanding and sharing the Gospel. One book that has impacted me a lot was David Platt's "Radical". This is something I've been learning over the past few months, so it's encouraging to know that others are realizing the call to follow as well.

Libby | Mon, 03/26/2018

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper

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