Faith Enough

Take #1

I have faith enough to believe that God can heal
But do I have enough to trust if He does not

I believe enough to know that faith is real
But do I know enough to test what I am taught

I trust enough to feel the Spirit’s seal
But do I perceive enough His deepest thought

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Take #2

I have faith enough
to believe that God can heal
But do I have enough
to trust if He does not

What if this sickness
forever does endure
Will I succumb to hopelessness
or claim a promise sure

I trust that God can take away
every single ounce of pain
But do I trust His answer
as His provident domain

Without this lingering wound
where would my compassion be
I must have faith enough to trust
what only God can see

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Sharing for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night. Two poems with the same first stanza but different line breaks and a slightly different focus. Also sharing at A Dash of Sunny‘s Prompt Night, which I just discovered yesterday.

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31 responses to “Faith Enough

  1. sMilLes.. test
    oF Job
    Burns
    a SoUL
    as REAL..
    wHere no one
    can defeat faith
    iN
    the
    GoD
    oF real..
    yeah.. God
    iS REAL.. TRULY
    no faith required
    when seen
    face
    to face..:)

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  2. I love take 2 because of the last stanza. Both are very good, though.

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  3. I have faith enough to believe that God can heal
    But do I have enough to trust if He does not

    A classic opening Linda! It has to be a faithful that adheres to beliefs to guide towards the future. And one must have those beliefs accepted in the first place to savor the goodness that comes.Beautifully set for both takes!

    Hank

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  4. ZQ

    Always a question… I suppose.
    Well written/presented

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  5. Both stand well on their own, but I lean toward the expanded poem; a bit more to ponder!

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  6. Yes, we wonder IF we will have enough faith to accept the tough stuff…your second take has clarity. Thanks for sharing the struggles.

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  7. The message is similar but not the same. As to the poetry I prefer the first. The effective use of rhyme, meter, and conciseness tightens the thought, and improves the power and passion of the text for me. Beautiful work, Linda.

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  8. The first two lines do it for me. Will I have enough faith to trust God when He does not heal my wounds? Of course, because He works in mysterious ways. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. We do so often question and doubt….it seems the eternal paradox of faith. My taste lean towards take 1, but I have never been much of a structure guy.

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  10. Faith has so much power…surely gets stronger as it is tested in tough times.

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  11. Lovely inspiring messages ~ Both versions are good for me ~

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  12. scotthastiepoet

    Indeed – ‘without the wound…’ where would we be and what of value would we understand – enjoyed the depth in this poem, Linda – Thank you… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

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  13. This is such an honest insight into faith. I like take 2! But both express the very real doubts but in such a controlled and precise way with words.

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  14. Enjoyed both but preferred #1 because it pertains to all difficult times when faith is challenged.

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  15. Glenn Buttkus

    I prefer Take #2, for the message is not blurred by the rhyme schemes, & they become almost internal. I love the saying,”If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan.” I struggle with the realities of the tragedies we experience; my 3-week old grandson is in the hospital today.

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  16. This message must be something God is trying to hammer into me. Last night at Mass, the sermon was about just this–using the story of Daniel and his companions in the fiery furnace. They trusted in God but were okay if he decided that they would end up crispy! Surrender. Arrgh.

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  17. Can you indeed… the everlasting question? ever since Job, it’s a question asked… I learned it was called Theodicy once… and scholars have struggled with it for many years… I think I like your first take the better.

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  18. Oh! The line breaks give such a lot of profound depth to this poem. Especially in awe of the closing lines. Beautifully penned 🙂

    Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights Linda.
    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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