Gone South

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    Gone South

    Given the conditions under which I'd been living

    There wasn't much left to do

    But shut down for a while

    To give justice a chance to teach its correcting lessons

    To the reasons why my life had been taking too many turns 

    For the worst

     

    Since my conscience was clear

    As was the path taken to get here

    I worried not about the cutting edge of God's Word

    Knowing that no matter where I stood with it

    My motives were certainly not against it

     

     Like hibernators

    Waiting for the winter to melt

    The packed powder of indifference ‘round about me

    Not only made it necessary to disconnect from it all

    But impossible to do anything else

    Until the flow of the Lord’s guiding wisdom

    Made His next move perfectly clear

    To my long-suffering expectations

     

    And while I waited

    The unfathomable peace of His Holy Spirit 

    Restrained my restless longing

    For heaven

     

    Angels invisibly massaged my neck and shoulders

    Assuring … comforting

    Healing the broken heart

    I'd so painfully prayed well again

    While witnessing the truth of God's unmistakable retribution

    As He irreversibly tipped the scales of love’s justice 

    In my favor

     

    So it went

    And continues to go

    In this end time Holy War of faith

    Against all who would seek to challenge God’s mercy  

    Gone south 

     

     

    John Christopher

    August 4, 2004

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