Monday, August 17, 2009


I wrote this poem before we left for VBS and hadn't had a chance to post it yet. I wrote it when I was disappointed in myself for wasting so much time on things that do not draw me closer to God or further His kingdom. Peter says that "of whom [or 'what'] a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage" (2 Peter 2:19). My prayer was, and is, that I might be enslaved to the freedom of Jesus Christ, and not to the things of the world.

I don't know but the poem might be a little strange, so I am publishing it at the risk of criticism, but really, please share your thoughts; let me know what you think.
Is it any good??

Along the path of living
Is ever-present death,
And sin, however subtle,
Can snare my very breath.

The "good" and "wholesome" pleasures,
Though "innocent" they be,
By stealing time and talent,
Can soon be gods to me.

Dear Saviour, Jesus, capture,
O capture me, I pray,
And bind me in the freedom
Of life and glorious day.

Remove each rock of stumbling;
Tear ev'ry barrier down;
Extinguish every taper,
That I may win the crown.

"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord"
(Romans 7:24-25a)

"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith"
(Hebrews 12:1b-2a)


Teddy said...

Melanie Anderson! You are not going to believe this!!!! But I have been kicking around the idea of asking you to write something JUST LIKE THIS!!!!!! I about choked when I was reading your explination and then the poem....WOW! I LOVE it! And that is just so cool! I guess the Lord is taking us through the same things together. :)

Melanie said...

Oh Teddy!! That is so neat!!! Praise the Lord; isn't He wonderful how He works things out like that?? :-D

Teddy said...

Most deffinatly!!!!!

Bethany A. said...

Wonderful poem Melanie! You did a great job...and I 've been thinking about that subject recently too...(I know, Pastor has been preaching about it, but still, thanks for posting it!:))


Anonymous said...

It sounds good to me, Melanie! :D

Rosebud said...

Wow, that was good!

Leah said...

Hey that's my picture!! :) That is AMAZING !! It's like you looked deep into my wicked heart and grabbed the words I couldn't utter out loud. :)

Melanie said...

The rainbow pic is yours? Oops... I couldn't remember where I got it.

I am glad the poem was a blessing to you. I love you!