Undeserving – A Sestina

For quite some time I’ve wanted to write a sestina, but I was intimidated by the complex structure of this poetry form. I finally decided to give it a try as part of my 40 poems for Lent. It was a challenge but well worth the effort, I think. I am excited that I was able to finish it in time to post it for today so that I can share it at dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night later today.

Undeserving

Of Your sweet grace I feel undeserving
Feelings are not the source of Your mercy
I can’t comprehend the depth of Your love
When I allow other things to be lord
Settle for what the world has to offer
I am chasing after earthly things still

I long for my heart and soul to be still
Turmoil hems in thoughts I’m undeserving
Quieting turmoil is Your grand offer
The utmost above all gifts Your mercy
I can’t comprehend why You love me, Lord
But the heart of Your character is love

The chief desire of the human heart love
In a world filled with things we seek it still
We miss that You are the source of all, Lord
When we don’t earn we feel undeserving
Yet freely, as a great gift You offer
Each of us unearned, undeserved mercy

I have nothing of worth I can offer
I cannot fathom the value of love
I cannot grasp the worth of Your mercy
Longing for Your peace to calm my heart still
Still knowing I am so undeserving
Yet knowing in my heart You love me, Lord

Satan still seeks over me to be lord
Claiming he has more than You to offer
Reminding me I am undeserving
Of what I require most—Your grace and love
Faintly I hear Your beautiful voice still
In faith I reach for Your amazing mercy

I praise You, dear Jesus, for Your mercy
For eternity my beloved, my Lord
When I was gone astray You loved me still
I delight in grace You freely offer
I need naught else because I have Your love
You never make me feel undeserving

Lord, I am undeserving
but still You love me
and offer mercy

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14 responses to “Undeserving – A Sestina

  1. This one is very special. I really identify with feelings you expressed in it. Plus it is written beautifully.

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    • Theresa, Thank you. This was a challenging poem to write, both from the standpoint of the sestina form and the topic – to get from the feelings of being underserving to the knowledge that He loves us anyway. Peace, Linda

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  2. lucychili

    love is powerful

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  3. On the form – just Wow!! On the content – Amen.

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  4. Wow Linda! What a blessing this poem is! I love that you wanted to try a sestina .. .and did! God bless you!

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  5. Linda…this is fantastic! You handled a challenging for beautifully…much respect!

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  6. thank goodness for grace you know…all undeseriving we come before the throne for it…gotta love the heart willing to love hte undeserving…smiles…nicely done to form too…

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  7. Beautifully expressed, Linda. We are only ‘deserving’ because of Jesus’ gift of mercy! Your poem is a wonderful meditation for lent.

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