life's not fair
So, what about the baby
Her small disfigured back
And all because her mother
Had smoked a little crack
And what about the baby
Whose laughter slowly fades
Who for the sins of others
Was sadly born with AIDS
And what about the young girl
That suffered such abuse
And no one seemed to notice
There’s simply no excuse
And what about the child
Who never had a dad
His therapist can’t figure
Why he is always mad
And what about the housewife
Unloved and cheated on
All sense of worth or purpose
Has long been long been gone
And what about the victims
Of hatefulness or crime
Who never did recover
But suffer all the time
And what about the starving
There are around the earth
Who’ve suffered destitution
Forever since their birth
It’s such a simple answer
To just say “Life’s not fair”
But think of all the suffering
Of those without a prayer
If really there’s no savior
Then life is such a screw
For, oh, so many billions
Just maybe not for you
If really there’s no savior
They’re simply left to cope
And worse than all their suffering
Is that they have no hope
They’re brokenhearted, helpless
Enough to make you cry
‘Cause if there is no savior
Well, then they hopeless die ~
When I looked around me at all the suffering, inequality and unfairness in the world today, I recognized that if there was no life after death, then all these victims were without any hope, whatsoever.
While realizing how very unfair life would be if there was no God, I found that if there really was a loving Creator, then there was hope, justice, reward and forgiveness available to those who would respond to His love and begin to follow Him.
I found encouragement and support in Matthew 11:28, 29 where God said, “If you are tired from carrying the heavy burdens of life, come to me and I will give you rest. Just make the simple effort of getting to know me, and learn my ways, because I am gentle and humble, and you’ll discover that my ways will bring you rest.”
I found justice in Romans 12:19 that advised me, “Don’t let yourself be consumed with getting revenge, my dear friends. Trust me when I say, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord’.”
I found hope in Psalm 146:5 that said, “The Lord God will bless everyone who trusts Him and depends on Him.” Indeed, many verses spoke of this hope, like Jeremiah 29:11 that said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I found a source of strength in Isaiah 40:31 which said, “But those who get to know and build trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.”
And most importantly of all, I found there were forgiveness and protection from the eternal consequences of sin when I read 1 John 1:9. “If we admit our sins to God, He is faithful and just to protect us from the eternal consequences of our sins, and to not hold them against us.”
What a contrast these verses provided to the hopelessness of a world with no God. With God I found hope for the hopeless, justice for the victims and pardon for those who are truly sorry for offending their Creator. This was available for those who would begin to follow Jesus, who by dying on a cross for the sins of the world had made the hope, justice and pardon possible.
Finally, I found all this good news summed up in John 3:16 that said, “God loved the people He created so much that He allowed His own innocent Son to be punished in their place for their sin so that anyone who decides to follow Him can be protected from the eternal consequences of their sin, and instead go to heaven and never suffer the horror of being forever separated from God’s presence and all that is good.”
Follow the journey as a poet wrestles with the controversial issues of life and breaks politically correct taboos in a sincere search for truth. Join him as he fearlessly asks the questions that too seldom get asked, and confronts issues that you’re not supposed to bring up, and does so through the unlikely genre of classical style poetry.
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Poetry is often more artistic than deep, more ethereal than substantial. Not so in this collection. Here you’ll find profound and challenging thought in beautifully flowing poetry. And not in an undisciplined style as is vogue today, but in the revered tradition of the great poets of yesteryear. But much more important than the style, you’ll be inspired and stirred by the depth of thought that is not riddled with endless unanswered questions, but rather with dawning hope, renewing purpose and genuine answers throughout this delightful poetic journey. Each poem is a brush stroke, and altogether they paint a picture of promise, expectation and hope as each poem grapples with a profound life-question and slowly breaks out of the darkness into the light.