A Poem

November 24, 2007 at 9:12 pm (Christian life) (, , , , , , )

I sat down to write a sermon a few years ago while preaching through Matthew at my first youth pastorate and this poem just flowed right off of my pen like it had been in my head since the day I was born. I hope it will bless someone.

Once was a man on a journey-his destination was Peace of Mind

He barely had even started when the path it did divide

More than chance had brought him here-no simple twist of fate

Desiring the easy road, he looked at the wider gate

“It appears I’ll have to choose,” he mused and he sighed

The grass was looking greener on the other side

The wider path seemed pleasant

With many a print to follow

But the young heart of this peasant

Felt empty and hollow

Looking to the right, he saw the straight and narrow

with nothing to attract even the smallest sparrow

On these two paths he fixed his gaze

“Decide I will come mornin’. Right here I stays”

Through the night passed many a sojourner

Not a one chose the hard-each one took the easy

The peasant man-being a fast learner

Said to himself, “I have no reason

To be different and to choose the lesser path

For I haven’t got food shoes-not even a walking staff”

But something seemed to draw him on the harder way

So on that way he went as he saw the light of day

Now every man must choose

And though many will lose

By choosing the way that’s hard

In the end it’s they that gain

Their destination is in their hearts

Placed there by the King

He who is the way

Gives life and will to obey

Many a traveler scoffed and laughed

At that young man that day

And every one went on past

 Then much to their dismay

 The way they chose

Destroyed their souls

For they had chosen destruction

-When it’s you who stands Before these two gates

Will you go the ways of man

Or the way that mankind hates

For hard is the way and narrow is the path

that leads to eternal life

But it is the way filled with strife

That escapes God’s holy wrath.

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4 Comments

  1. rpigate said,

    Hi… Just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know how much I enjoyed your blog… check mine out when you have a chance.

    John Pigate

  2. the beautiful ordinary said,

    still powerful.

  3. One Mother With Cancer said,

    Clayton,

    I came across a blog yesterday and I thought of you. Read from November 7th on… http://www.christianlovestories.blogspot.com/

  4. Greg Dungan said,

    Sounds like Bunyan! Well done.

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