Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The cry of an Atheist

when these very words were my own thoughts. They were the very cry of my heart. When I heard them again, in this poem, I thought them to be profound.

Every Christian should read these words.

Maggie's Poem {read by Lee Strobel on Focus on the Family}

Do you know,

do you understand
that you represent
Jesus to me?

Do you know,
do you understand
that when you
treat me with gentleness,
it raises the question in my mind
that maybe he is gentle, too?
Maybe he isn't someone
who laughs when I am hurt.

Do you know,
do you understand
that when you listen to my questions
and you don't laugh,
I think,
"What if Jesus is interested in me, too?"

Do you know,
do you understand
that when I hear you talk about arguments
and conflict and scars from your past
that I think, "Maybe I am just a regular person
instead of a bad, no-good, little girl who deserves abuse?"

If you care,
I think maybe he cares --
and then there's this flame of hope
that burns inside of me,
and for a while,
I am afraid to breathe
because it might go out.

Do you know,
do you understand
that your words are his words?
Your face,
his face
to someone like me?

Please be who you say you are.
Please, God, don't let this be another trick.
Please let this be real.

Do you know,
do you understand
that you represent
Jesus to me?

8 friends had a thing or two to say...:

Stacy said...

POWERFUL! Thank you so much for sharing this Darlene. Oh may we not be a world of hypocritical christians talking but not walking. The price Jesus paid was high for each one of us, may we not step on that gift, but shine for Him.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Darlene - this is awesome! AMEN!

I was just speaking about this to the children today as I taught them through Ephesians 4.

I am going to print this out and read it to them at dinner time!

Love you!

My Life... said...

I love this (and linked it on my Facebook). I think EVERYONE should read this. Thanks so much for posting!! :)

Joyeful said...

This is so tremendous!! What a great reminder of what Jesus has entrusted to us: His very life. Praying He becomes more and I become less!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

This is beautiful. Faith is always a good thing to have and remembering that we need to be good examples.

Debbie said...

This encourages me as I am surrounded with loved ones who are not yet believers. I came over from Jill's blog and I'm so glad I did.

Thank you for posting this Darlene.


SayRah said...

WOW...this really spoke to me today. Thank you for posting this, Darlene!

Sassy said...

Amazing! I think this is one I will be passing on!