I Peter 2:9-10: Once Upon a Time

You were a worthless prostitute,
Rejecting love for what was lewd,
Once upon a time.
You were disowned and people-less,
No mercy for unrighteousness,
Rejoicing in your crime.

But now you bear the name of God,
And purged of all your faithless fraud,
By His love revived.
Adopted, children of the Lord,
By mercy innocence restored,
So dead in God — alive!

So irresistible His grace,
Forgiveness I can not replace,
I’m His and He is mine.
Through all my sins He calls me ‘bride,’
In rapture that He cast aside,
My once-upon-a-time.


Luke 13:18-35: The Seed of a Kingdom

The Kingdom, small as mustard seed at birth,
A narrow way of monumental worth,
Where first is last, and where the last is first,
A day of small beginnings.

Incognizant the power small but bold,
In persecution it will soon unfold,
The crucible ignites the might it holds,
The kingdom ever winning.

It stands unbound by boundaries set apart,
The seed can’t be extracted from a heart,
Or be extinguished once the fire starts,
Our Savior still defending.

No deeds can buy your entrance to this seed,
The good you do will hinder and impede,
Adoption by the King, our only need,
And by His grace ascending.

Jerusalem, you great and mighty state!
The prophets all to jest you relegate,
I wish you yet to enter heaven’s gate,
My blood in soil blending.

Leviticus 13:1-46: Leprosy

A putrid, fungal lesion,
A skin-consuming sore,
A cancer of the reason,
Like biologic war,
To spread to every region,
From one contagious spore.

Condemned to grim existence,
To live in banished state.
Uncleanness in persistence,
A leprous reprobate,
Thus damned to keep his distance,
No fellowship partake.

But while outside the garden,
The Priest-Physician came.
My heart I could not harden,
Against that healing reign.
My sin-contagion pardoned,
The antidote acclaimed.

How good to make distinction,
To judge the whole from maimed,
The swelling leaven lengthened,
In quarantine contained,
In hope to make extinction,
Of hell’s infectious flame.

There is no toleration,
For what the Father quells.
Disease and desecration,
Forever burn in hell.
But Christ redeemed our station,
The Hope to make us well.