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 (Manna 34: Facing Life's Challenges)
I Came So Close
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ARI Came So CloseA poem on almost losing God, and the power that draws one back again.A poem on the objects and forces that threaten to tear us away from God, and the power that draws us back again.

I came so close
To losing You
For the love of man
Tender words
Beguiling smiles
Led me farther and farther
Astray
Prayers missed
Services skipped
Made my faith my love my hope
Colder and colder
A still small voice
Murmured in warning
Beware ye the lust of flesh
I stilled the voice
The disquiet in quiet

I came so close
To losing You
For the beauty of woman
Glittering world
Promising pleasure
I never knew
Blinding iridescence
Blinding me
Hiding the shallowness and evil
A still small voice
Murmured in warning
Beware ye the lust of the eye
Surely not
I who am
So discerning
I who have heard
So many sermons
I who have counselled
So many others

I came so close
To losing You
For the pride of self
Honored
Pleased
That the world loved me in return
Forgetting
Ignoring
Who else loved me
Loved me first, loved me more
A still small voice
Murmured in warning
Beware ye the pride of life
I stilled Your voice
I rejected Your call

I came so close
To losing You
But for the love of man
Fasting
Praying
They interceded for me
Plain faces
Beautiful hearts
They wept to You to save me
Despite rejection
Without pride
They reached out to me
Urging pleading nagging
No small voices these

I was plucked
From danger's brink
Saved by One
Who loved me
Loved me first, loved me more

But for the love of the Son of Man
I came so close
To losing You
All I ask now Lord
Let me come close
Back to You.

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Publisher: True Jesus Church
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