I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion/Poetry: Religion, Tradition—or Truth


I say I love Jesus
I really don’t KNOW what the Bible says
Probably a dry book
With some little Sunday School stories
of David and the giant,
Of Jesus being born in a manger
The whole gruesome cross
And the hard-to-believe
story of the resurrection.

Jesus was a good person
I want to be kind and compassionate like Him.
Yes…I love what Jesus stood for
Though maybe I wouldn’t go as far as some.
Well no, I know only what I heard
in the few church services I’ve attended.
Read a few articles.

You say the Bible is God’s Word?
I need to actually know God
I need to have a relationship with Jesus?
He’s more than tradition or a religion?
It isn’t about me or feeling good,
but about giving my life to Him,
giving Him complete control?
Doing life His way, not mine?

Can this be true?
Maybe I need to explore this further.
Maybe actually see what God says in His Word.
Maybe, I don’t know much at all.
Love God?
I don’t know anymore.
Help me, Lord, know the truth.

It’s the start. A willing heart.

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

By Carolyn R Scheidies

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