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Topic: RESOLUTION (01/07/16)
TITLE: All Things New
By Holly Westefeld
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The breath of life in to the man he made,
Declaring all things good that He conceived
And glor'ously throughout the world displayed.
To Adam was one rule most strictly giv'n,
To shun the fruit revealing good and ill,
But fellowship with God was quickly riv'n
When Eve, deceived, gave Adam of his fill.
The pain of birth would women love and loathe,
While men would toil and sweat the ground to tame,
And God shed blood, a sacrifice to clothe
And cover outwardly their sin and shame.
He gave them future hope, a promise true,
Resolving to redeem, make all things new.
The quintessential blend of human flesh
With Spirit of the living God, complete
Perfection laid by Mary in the creche,
And worshipped by both humble and elite.
Fulfilling perfectly the Law as giv'n,
And never to temptation did He yield,
But fellowship with God the Father riv'n
When Jesus became sin, redemption sealed.
He gave us hope, through resurrection true,
Resolving grafting to make all things new.
He knits us each uniquely in the womb,
His image present long before our birth,
We're woven on the Master Weaver's loom,
Born rich or poor, we all have equal worth.
But sinful nature we cannot elude,
Ensnared by Satan, who would share his doom,
The chasm can't be bridged by being good,
Our righteousness as rags before the Groom.
When we admit our helplessness and lay
Our hearts upon the altar of His grace,
Our fellowship restored with God that day,
Of record of our wrongs there is no trace.
God's gift of reconciliation, true,
Resolving cleansing to make all things new.
In time, a false messiah will arise
And promise peace and comfort to our world,
But soon this leader will discard disguise,
The truth revealed, a tyrant is unfurled.
Then everyone will have to choose a side,
To take or not to take the tyrant's mark,
Because once on the head or hand applied
There is no turning back from death and dark.
All those rejecting Christ will have to pay
For all their sins throughout eternity,
Without the fellowship of Christ, the Way,
The Truth, the Life no rescue will there be.
The hope believers long for, finally true,
Resolving Heaven to make all things new.
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