WHO AM I? WHY WAS I BORN?
I created you all out of an infinite love.
I hoped that you would love me in return.
But I knew that love could not be forced.
A love not freely given is no love at all.
So, I gave you the right to choose your own paths.
I gave you absolute freedom.
Yet, there must be justice.
Actions do have consequences.
Wrongs must be righted.
The guilty cannot go unpunished.
Still, I desire mercy - not sacrifice.
So, I sent you my son.
I became one of you.
To set an example for all to follow.
To show you my love.
To pay the penalty.
To satisfy the needs of both justice and mercy.
He took on your faults, your ills, your failures.
He suffered your punishment.
In return, all that was asked of each of you
Was that you believe.
That you accept.
That you follow in my sons footsteps.
Instead, you ignore his lessons.
You scorn his sacrifice.
You do only what pleases you.
And what is the result?
People continue to suffer.
People lead selfish, aimless, pointless lives.
Who am I?
Why was I born into the world?
To be forgotten?
To be used by some to justify their selfish desires?
To suffer for nothing?
To watch you abandon me, and everything I taught you?
Every day I watch
As you kill your own souls
As you strangle the trusting child within you
As you squash hope
As you smash innocence
As you throw away your faith
And substitute it with emptiness
With shallow, hollow dreams and pursuits.
I lie in my bed of straw
And look at you with your fine clothes
Your fancy cars,
Your expensive homes.
I look into your souls
Polluted by lust, by power, by greed.
I look at you with selfless eyes
And see nothing but selfishness staring back.
I look at you with eyes of pure love
And I see nothing but hate
Nothing but despair
Pouring from your eyes.
I cry in the night,
And wonder if youll forget my death
My sacrifice of love.
As youve forgotten my birth.
Youve tossed me from my crib,
And filled it with vain hopes
And useless things.
Who am I?
Why was I born?
Who will remember?
Who will still care?
2, 000 years from now?
Christmas Eve, 2000
Questions or comments please send them to Paul.
I struggled with where to put this poem
should it be Christmas, Easter, or Christian.
It is not your basic Christmas message of
hope and cheer, yet after much prayer it came to me
Yes It can be!! All you have to do is look at the
reason Jesus was born, and what His life ment
and what He has done for you, and what He can do
for you if you would just give Him a chance
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