Ode to FaithWriters
My online friends are special ones –
I love them, and, they love me, tons!
Each one reflects a faith so true,
Mirrored in what they say and do.
I’ve not seen them - not face-to-face;
You see, we meet in cyber space!
But though we live so far apart,
Love’s bond joins us – true heart-to-heart.
In grace we share belief so strong;
To Christ we all know we belong.
But when it’s time to gab, watch out!
We party on – we twist and shout!
With “private” chats we “message” well,
Or email want we want to tell.
Contacts are made all o’er the board,
Where quips are told and list’ners floored.
A skeptic asked, “That sounds so strange.
Long-distance friends you did arrange?
“Who are these folks? Do you know? WHO?
How many come? Are they quite few?
“And what EXACTLY do you share?
I want to ask, but may I dare?”
I answer thus: “Yes, you may know.
It seems God’s love He did bestow.
“He linked us up on this one site,
So we could share the things we write.
“Our passion? To compose with zeal –
The ‘challenge’ is our real big deal.
“I see myself fit in just swell
With others who have much to tell!
“Through message boards within this guild,
We talk and pray - and friendships build.
“God shapes our hearts to meld and blend,
Because we’re first His close best friend!”
Skeptic grows dark; I see his doubt.
How can this work? He starts to pout.
“What really now, earmarks this crowd?
What binds you all, why are you proud?”
I think real hard, and then reply;
The answer I cannot deny!
“We love the Lord, each other too –
It’s something that we want to do!
“We all live out of the same mode –
‘Encourage well' - that is our code.
“When Jesus takes first place, as Lord,
All else seems right, of one accord.
“These faithful folks mirror God’s love –
His kindness, mercy, from above.
“When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all –
At FaithWriters we’ve heard His call!
“So… how to spot a FaithWriter?
I’ll tell you how…as an insider.
“That person cares; he’s from a clan
Defined by folks led by one Man.
“He’s guided and inspired by God,
Toward faith and hope – now aren’t you awed?
“That very One is recognized
As everything, in all our eyes.
“The writers on this grand web site
Bask in the love of His great Light.
“Each one adheres to the same aim -
To represent Jesus by name.”
I stop to breathe, after my talk:
Did I truly share our walk?
I realize, from outside-in,
My words might be perceived as dim.
And yet - I long for all to see
How much FaithWriters means to me!
I sigh. “You see, collectively…
The faith of each builds unity.”
Perhaps that says it best of all;
On our web site there’s not one wall!
I stop and grasp a fact so dear –
A cherished truth – so sharp and clear.
Those who know God are also known;
At FaithWriters we’re n’er alone.
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