For God so loved the world, he gave us his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John 3:16
A poem that I wrote for you to reflect upon:
View video of Mervin and his family performing this poem here: https://stthomasumc.org/lent/a-cause-for-celebration-video-bonus
When I was just a young kid, sitting in church, flipping the bible and looking at this verse
My little mind couldn’t contemplate the complexity of his sacrifice, what did they do to our lord? our savior, Jesus Christ
But as I grew older and would grow to understand, what makes a sinner into a good man
I would look back to that little kid, and think about all that I did, the paths that I took, at times straying away from the good book, the temptations that I had to overcome, not just one, or two
Let’s just say some, but in the back of my mind I always heard my Grandmother say, “Son you’ll go to hell, if you walk that way”
Many years later I would re-find my faith, got blessed with a beautiful family, in all... things were great
But sometimes the outward look of greatness, don’t tell the sacrifice of the journey made, the dues that are paid, the demons that are slayed, God knows I have made mistakes
So you may be asking yourself, what is the point, where does this lead?
Well back to the begotten son indeed, who sacrificed for you and and for me.
He laid the path for us to fall, get right back up, turn around and do it all.
For us to choose the strength to love one another, and be the caretakers of our sisters and brothers
Now don’t get it twisted, this is not a tale of a letdown, this is a celebration of the one that wears the crown, who our ever-loving God would sacrifice, to give me the chance at everlasting life, for me and for you.
So I celebrate....and that little kid in me, now celebrates too.
So when you're down, and you feel your faith is stuck on the ground, and you need to flip that frown upside down, just remember that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but will live your life to celebrate each year, as you cherish, his gift of everlasting life.
Heavenly Christ, thank you for shining your light, and showing us the way, we give much thanks to all you have sacrificed for us, and are humbled by your presence in our lives, for this we celebrate you as our one true Savior. Amen.
About Mervin Lyle
Father and husband of the 3 beautiful women that I live with, share my spiritual gift of singing on the praise band, and head the Front Porch Ministry committee.