If I Be Lifted Up …

John 12:32

 

It is not, Lord, that we would bring You down,

Take hold of holy things with hasty hand

And bear them low, and lower, till they reach

That sunken place, where unrepentant stand

The sons of men.

 

It is not, Lord, that we would force men’s faith,

And in unconsecrated bread and wine

Bring You to them, and press unwilling lips

To taste, at least, communion divine.

 

It is not, Lord, that we would lure men to

Their highest good, or coax them to the cross,

Or bribe them with the promise of great gain,

Flaunting the profit, covering the loss.

 

But we would lift You up, that seeing You

Men shall be drawn to leave their self-made slum,

And toss their tawdry treasures to the dust,

And claim their right, through Your power, to become

The sons of God.

John Gowans, O Lord Not More Verse!

 

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