Literature for Living
Gemme Jewels & Sanctity Stone
What does it take to abide in a man's heart?
How often God showed Himself to His people.
In the Old Testament…
by force, by fire, by flood, by cloud, by manna,
by water issued from desert rock,
by parting the sea to free His people in their walk,
by opening the earth to swallow the wicked,
by the glow of Moses with Holy Laws on chiseled rock.
How many times did we forget His presence?
For every time He showed Himself,
a thousand times we forgot.
The Laws were broken and idols made,
Baal and others were craved and sought.
Licentiousness, lust, and languish ruled.
What once was sacred, devoured by fools.
So quickly we turn from devout to cruel.
God then showed Himself in the New Testament,
incarnate in the Son of Man,
dispersing miracles in more personal ways,
healing the hopeless, raising the dead,
forgiving the sinner, sharing His bread.
Most doubted Him still or simply forgot,
but He left us His Church
anchored upon Peter, His rock.
His beloved Church of the Holy Spirit,
birthed by His disciples who taught
of His blood upon the Cross,
and His glorious resurrection
through the tomb's heavy rock.
What is it about life that turns our senses so dull?
The most remarkable of awakenings for instance,
are euphemized tragically by temporal distance.
As we tread our path in time
revelations slip from our hand like desert sand.
The tighter we clutch, the quicker they seem to escape.
Once emptied, the hand reaches for what it shouldn't.
Earthly temptations find it grasping, groping,
hoping to manipulate…
with little memory of the eternal sand it once held,
the sand from the rock, from which we came
and to which we return,
with no other hope but what we should have learned.
Ah… to indelibly remember the presence of God.
Hold fast and fresh your awakenings,
your dawnings of divine consciousness.
Let them not fade with the heat of life's pleasures
or pains, passions or pestilence,
permissiveness or pride. Hold fast!
Notice each time God passes in front of you,
crystallize it in your heart and mind and soul
to ever reflect in all you do like a diamond,
the most precious and resilient rock.
Don't bother to wonder
whether you would have believed better
if you had lived with Jesus then.
For you would have believed then, as you do now.
It is up to you, to recognize and remember how.
JK April 24, 2003