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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
TITLE: The Consequence
By Fiona Dorothy Stevenson
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The fruit of the pride of life.
“You will be just like God,” he said,
Deceiving Adam’s wife.
Was it the truth he offered her?
Or a dare that would break her heart?
She tasted the flesh – and it tasted good –
He knew he had done his part.
She shared her knowledge and her pride
With the man who was close to her;
And the knowledge they gained on that day
Showed how naked they were.
The pride of life is a hollow thing
That shames us and brings us low,
So that we hide from the truth of God,
And we put on an outward show.
The fruit of the knowledge is handed down:
There is truth, there is evil too.
But the wisdom we have is not enough
To guide us in what we do.
The pride of life is our guiding light,
The fruit of our emptiness;
So we cover ourselves and turn aside
From the truth we dare not confess.
How does the fruit make us equal with God,
When the good we cannot define?
And the evil we do without wanting to
Is like drinking the dregs of wine.
But just as God did with Adam and Eve
When He covered their nakedness,
He is calling to us to come to Him,
And He offers us grace no less.
We may have been robbed and left to die,
Beaten and bare and torn;
Or left outside in the cold or heat
Like a lamb that has been shorn.
But He comes with the wine of the cleansing blood,
And the oil of His healing balm,
And He binds our wounds and carries us
In the crook of His shepherd’s arm.
This is the truth we dare not refuse:
The offer of God’s own Son –
To clothe with Himself our nakedness,
Until we are made with Him – one!
This truth I urge you today to accept –
To dare to give Him your life –
Nor let your pride turn you away,
Deceived, like Adam’s wife.
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