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Topic: Valley (08/10/06)
TITLE: Valley of Decision (i)
By Joyce Simoneaux
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The valley below was quite and still.
The brisk, icy wind bit into his face,
As he thought about why he came up to this place.
So many bad deeds, he could never deny.
“So many mistakes,” he thought with a sigh.
The path of the wind from valley to hill
Made a mournful sound that gave him a chill.
It called him by name each time it rushed by
As the sun was setting in the Western sky.
He felt cold steel in his hand by his side.
Would this end his pain? He had to decide.
Once more he looked down to the valley below
And thought of a story he heard long ago
Of a valley of decision where wicked would meet
The judgment of God for their acts of deceit.
Could this be his valley for all he’d done wrong?
His Valley of Decision he’s deserved for so long?
Yet in that same sermon, he seemed to recall
An ending of hope for wicked and all.
The wind sweeping past whispered into his ear.
His eyes looked up, could it be; did he hear?
Aidan’s chest tightened; his heart beat like a drum.
He looked all about, wanting to bolt up and run!
His eyes confirmed he was alone on this hill.
Looking down in the valley, he remembered it still.
“Who’s there?” he whispered revealing his fright.
Then there stood a man surrounded by light.
“Aidan, I tell you this day as you sit here in pain,
I took for Myself your guilt and your shame.
I settled your debt; your are free to partake
Of God’s goodness and mercy and have a clean slate.”
“I scarcely believe what I see before my eyes.
Can it be You’d appear in spite of my lies?
What must I do to be pardoned and live?”
The Son replied, “You must only forgive.”
With tears spilling down his face to the ground,
Aidan knew more than his sin, God’s grace did abound.
He asked for full pardon for the sins of his past,
Forgave himself and was set free at last.
Jesus left as He came, leaving Aidan in deep thought,
Thankful for new life to live as he aught.
He felt cold steel in his hand and remembered
That he came here to die on this day in December.
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