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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)
- TITLE: The Bitter Fruit of Envy
By Melanie Kerr
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The corn, deep gold, in the wind did sway
With scythe in hand and swing so strong
Harvesting crops didn't take long
With nimble hands he picked the best
Filling the barns with all the rest
He looked with pride on the fruit of his toil
Joy complete, that nothing could spoil
Cain approached the altar that day
Ready with a offering, his sins to pay
God didn't smile or take from his hand
The gift of corn that he had planned
But the lamb given by his brother Abel
Found acceptance at God's table
God smiled down, arms opened wide
And drew his brother to his side
Cain stormed into the barn that day
Anger deep in his heart held sway
"Not good enough!" a voice implied
"God favours Abel and casts you aside."
God came to speak. Cain closed his ear
Refusing to listen, unwilling to hear
"Sin is crouching at your door."
But Cain wasn't listening any more
Cain strode out to the field that day
Scythe in his hand, without delay
Thoughts so black, so cold, so dark
A swing of his scythe left a crimson mark
Gone was Abel with one stroke
His life was severed, his body broke
Abel had no time to shout
But his life blood, deep in pain, cried out
Cain stood condemned of his crime that day
The guilt of his actions was there to stay
"Where is Abel?" God asked of Cain
Looking at the ground and the crimson stain
"Who am I that I should know?"
Cain shrugged his shoulders and prepared to go.
"I hear the blood that you have shed
So this is where your sin has led?"
God turned his back on Cain that day
And banished him to Nod, a land far away
So no one would harm or take Cain's life
God branded his head with a flaming knife.
How awful to live away from God's face
His loving touch or His lavish grace
Harsh was the punishment, cruel was the crime
But the fruit of envy is bitter every time.
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