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Last week I was meeting with one of our pastors about my passion for Discipleship.  In a prior meeting, I had shared some things with him that caused him to go away with a check in his spirit about whether I would be okay with the leadership structure at my church, so he brought that up and we discussed it.  I was open and honest about some trust issues that I have because of abuse of authority in other churches  and acknowledged that there was some healing that yet needed to be done.  I thought the conversation went well.  I didn't feel defensive and I really wasn't worried about the issue, until I was driving home that night.  I wrestled with that and other issues for 3 or 4 days and was tempted to give up on any desires to be involved in Discipleship at my church.  After some concentrated time in prayer last weekend, I believe that God helped me to address this issue and to come to a level of peace that I did not have before.  I enjoy journaling prayer but I don't particularly enjoy poetry.  Yet I recently realized that God seems to give me a poem when I'm struggling with something that I cannot quite resolve in traditional prayer.  When I shared this with a friend, he told me that I should post the poem somewhere.  So here it is, maybe you can relate...

 

Into Your Refining Fire

I choose to go

How I'll turn out

I do not know

 

Mold me and make me

Fit for your plan

Even if it means

I must submit to a man

 

Re-direct and protect me

From those who'd abuse

Help me see clearly

How to serve those you choose

 

Your purposes are so much greater

Than all my fear and pain

Help me serve you freely

And bring honor to Your name

 

You've given me a vision

And you've mapped out a plan

To go and make disciples

Who will do all that You command

 

Obedience, Surrender,

Your will is my desire

So consume me, then fill me

And release me with fire

 

---Jenni Biegler (February 9, 2011)

 

 

 

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Comment by Miguel Labrador on March 17, 2011 at 9:24pm
I like this...
Comment by A Jacobs on March 15, 2011 at 1:32pm
What a beautiful poem!  Written with grace and dignity despite the pain.  Keep up the good work.

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