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Respectability Versus Holiness
by Connie Hinnen Cook
Friday, October 18, 2002

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I clutched it to my bosom and I vowed we'd never part,
Though the Spirit dwelled within me, I had self-will in my heart.
I wooed vices that I treasured, attitudes that I held fast,
Though I claimed God was my Master, I still lived as in the past.

Oh, I knew the Christian "language" ~ I could fake it with the best,
I would don my "spiritual vestment" till I looked like all the rest.
I knew scripture upon scripture, I could quote it by the score,
But with all my spiritual know-how, I was living as before.

Sure, I fooled a lot of people, even fooled myself sometimes,
I could hide behind my talent, writing prose and making rhymes.
But when cards were on the table, when it came to push-or-shove,
Was my heart so full of scripture that it had no room for love?

If my faith were just examined, would I find it true to God?
Did I look to Him for self-worth, or was my faith a facade?
Was I more concerned with how I looked to others here below,
More concerned with reputation, earthly things and worldly show?

O, dear Lord, look deep inside me, bare the things I try to hide,
Rip out all my pompous nonsense, my self-righteousness and pride.
Take my stubborn willful attitudes, old vices that I nurse,
Blot out hates and hurts and hang-ups, and the complaints I rehearse.

Take this mask made of hypocrisy and make me look within,
Take my past filled with self-pleasure, Lord, and make me see its sin.
Like it says within the scripture, Father, make my spirit new,
So that I'll forget about myself,  and dwell on pleasing You!

--Connie

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men." 

(Colossians 3:23 KJV)

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Reviewed by Victor Jensen 10/19/2002
Sometimes I feel great distress when I examine my own Christianity, until I remind myself of God's promises and just how easy it really is to claim salvation. I believe in the sacrifice on the cross of Calvery. That Jesus Christ shed his blood for me and that makes my sins forgiven. I will never live the perfect life in this world but I am saved through my faith in him and that's good enough for me. That's my sermon to the world. Your poetry if excellent and so is your message. I think it's O.K. for a person to stop and examine their own life at times and to resolve to be more Christ like but i've met so many Christians who feel it's their job to examine my convictions and it really turns me off. Vic
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 10/18/2002
Honest and inspiring write
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 10/18/2002
Excellent piece... hopeful...so well done.
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 10/18/2002
"Contained Within"
Contained within -- all life's glory
all sadness and woe, all of everything,
what might have been and is not yet,
what came first and is yet last.

All contained within -- burdening life
making each step an agonizing journey,
Budding and yet withering
Living and yet dying.

Contained within -- all the free flow and ebb
the journey spent, the one, two, three, four of nothing,
And yet in every way something
something maddening or joyous -- but something.

Contained within -- the voice of spirit
the soul's web ever weaving
ever building nights well spent and days well done,
All contained within silent life

What is to be sought? What is Spriitual?
What earthly? Bill


Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/18/2002
good write with a good message within!!
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