Refit Me, Lord
My dull sword clings to scabbard,
Like a timid serpent without fangs
That hides in holes, conflict to eschew.
My battered shield drags its point
Along the ground from heavy arm,
Fatigued from blocking blows of disbelief.
My breastplate bears dents so deep,
An inchoate metal it does appear,
And these from strikes of my own vice.
My belt slips from a slender waist,
Housing a growl for sustenance,
So hungry for truth am I.
My helmet, donned so long ago,
Seems not to grow with a mind,
So full of sinful thoughts.
Refit me, Lord, with armor new,
Strengthen, Lord, my weak sinews,
Arm me, Lord, to fight with you,
Triumph, Lord, run evil through.
© 2003 Peter Andrew Nelson
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Another amazing piece of work, even if I do have to go look up inchoate!!
A very sad commentary on Christianity today. But beautifully written! I love this. A perfect complement to: Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
I thought this was exceptional Peter. Worded beautifully and completed perfectly with that last stanza. Well done. With love, Deb