For those who scoff at charity
and claim their bootstraps hold the key
to entering the gates of glee,
I humbly beg to disagree.
In these two hands I hold a book
In which you would do well to look
And as your fingers tread each line
Behold the mystery divine.
It's all about two glorious palms
Who hold your future in their alms,
The hands that failed not to forgive,
But freely gave that you might live.
No fortune teller ever weighed
The choices that those two hands made.
No warrior did ever wield
with his two wrists a greater shield
To spurn the harsh metallic hate
Of Satan's furious debate
Against ungrateful folk whose nerve
Claims they do not God's wrath deserve.
No shifting shadow can contain
The holes that nail each guilty stain,
As through His skin four iron posts
Of hidden wisdom make their boasts.
It's from the gaps inside His hands
That you are freed from all your bands,
For from those two holes hang the ropes
On which are realized all your hopes.
Two sides of Jacob's ladder, they,
Two train rails that His grace display
If you will join them with the faith
Of Him whom wicked hands did scathe.
Those ropes can reach the deepest pit
In ever sinful man did sit.
No bootstraps have as strong a lift
As the pull of this free gift.
This narrow way to paradise
Is paved with blood; no man's advice
(A fount of vain disparity)
Can every match such charity.
Consider Him whose hands were scarred,
Whose body for your sake was marred,
Who in his flesh endured the brands
For your crimes 'gainst the ten commands.
No greater love has any man,
No better aim, no grander plan.
What ingrown hangnail would decline
The offer from this glorious vine?
The handout's waiting for your choice.
Perhaps you'll listen to his voice,
Accept his love, in Him rejoice,
Or spurn and pay your own invoice.
Reject His handout? Plenty do.
But I've accepted. How about you?
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