Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Life is a Poem by Rose McCormick Brandon

If you build your life on my words, said Jesus, you will be like a house built on a rock. When rains pour and rivers flood, your house won’t collapse.  (My paraphrase of Matthew 7:24)
The Greek word Jesus used for the idea of building a life on His word is poieo. The English word poem comes from this word.
Poets use words in creative ways to build something original.
“Be a poet,” Jesus is saying. “Take my words and build a life with them.”
His words build solid foundations. His words decorate our lives and turn them into something beautiful.
I met a pretty mother of two small children. She told how she’d been addicted to heroine, sold her body on the downtown streets and lived in constant rage. I looked into her clear eyes and soft face. I couldn’t picture her slashing her arms, screaming out for help on that rainy night, in the grizzly downtown core where she went berserk. She was in hell.
She’d built her life on a sand bar. A hurricane had rushed in from the sea and flattened her life. In the middle of her destruction, she remembered that God loved her.
That night this young woman began to build a meaningful life, a poem, because, as Corrie ten Boom said, “No darkness is so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.”
As long as there’s breath, it’s never too late for God to take the meaningless hellish jumble of a life and turn it into a beautiful poem.
Build your life on the solid foundation of Christ’s words. And your life will become like a poem.
“One well-chosen word at a time. One stanza of service at a time. And with our words and deeds, we can leave something beautiful behind in the lives of others.”   
Eugene H. Peterson.
Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience, faith, life stories and the stories of Canada's child immigrants. She is married to Doug and lives in Caledonia, Ontario. Her books are available at the website, Writing from the Heart. (http://writingfromtheheart.webs.com)  
Visit her blogs: The Promise of Home (http:littleimmigrants.wordpress.com) and Listening to My Hair Grow (http:rosemccormickbrandon.wordpress.com). Contact address: rosembrandon@yahoo.ca


Peter Black said...

Brief, poignant and profound! Rose, thanks for sharing the young mother's story, the Corrie Ten Boom quote and Eugene Peterson' lines. They contribute beautifully.~~+~~

fudge4ever said...

Jesus is so beautiful and creative, no wonder He is a poem. I didn't know that and it is so insightful. This is lovely, Rose! Thank you for sharing!
Pam Mytroen

Rose McCormick Brandon said...

It's a joyful thought, isn't it, to think of our Saviour as the Poet and our lives as poems.

Glynis said...

Fitting and right. We need to inhale deeply, listen to the Lord and build our lives on His truth. What a perfect poem that could be. Thank you, Rose, for offering encouragement so creatively.

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