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POEM: Seasons of change, salvation


Winter: Dormant season

Men born with a soul like winter

Barren, cold without life

Spiritually dead like a corpse

Darkened without The Light.

Inability to comprehend

Blinded, mute and lifeless

Cherishing one's evil deeds

Sin brings spiritual darkness.

Wretched, naked, miserable

Terminally, hardened heart


From God, we are apart.

Spring: Planting season

As the Gospel message is preached

Holy Spirit opens the ears

The Farmer plants the seed of truth

The message becomes quite clear.

The seed planted on fertile soil

Prepared by the Savior's hand

The Holy Spirit placed inside

To help you grow, to stand.

God waters and grows the seed

Under His watchful care

Once captive by sins wickedness

God's grace to me, not spared.

Spiritual death replaced with life

Spiritual darkness with God's Light

Error replaced with God's truth

Called His own child in His sight.

Summer: Growing season

God's pattern for spiritual growth

Starts with understanding His word

Studying the holy Scriptures

Renewing of your mind incurred.

Apart from the truth of Scripture

The flesh cannot be restrained

Absorbing God's eternal truth

The mind, by the Word be trained.

Conviction beliefs take to heart

In understanding you will grow

God's truth develops the mind

Compels you to obey, you know.

Convictions to rule your life

Inform your conscience, to guide

Be holy, for I am holy says Jesus

Letting go of sin and selfish pride.

Inside there's transformation

By God's divine holy hands

To be Christlike in character

To be obedient to His commands.

God's people will love Him with all

Love His word like golden treasure

Pursue the Great Commission

Love others without measure.

Fall: Harvest season

When the Lord calls me home

This earthly body to the grave

My soul delights in heaven

Faithful servant-Christ saved.

• JSANDERS, a Streator native, resides in New Lenox.

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