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From Comfortable Religion to Passionate Faith

by

Joris John Heise

A man may mind signs--feel self a brainy romantic,
Grip within an ancient, classic heritage a comfy God;
And hold the Ten firm as the Gospel youth--
Because his pious family fed him them like milk,
And he learned to love their meanings, too--grown mature,
He touched their elemental respect for life
And taught them on to others, too, with love.
The crucified became his book besides:
Beyond the signs and wisdom of Jews and Greeks,
He tagged along the trail of Francis branded by fiery love,
Felt he exceeded the standard way of life--
He wanted also to_.

Focussed grace and remedial courage exceed that now--
To join within Jesus mystery of faith--his pulse-beat--
To flush the shrivel'ng faith of half-hearted harm
And scrape away the rot of wrong concerns,
Awake to the rusting of goodness, trigger
Contempt for what hes been, learn hope to change
And grow emerging into the freshness of daily bread
Depart from what hes had, to follow Him, to be
For real.

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