by Pat Severin
The church, it is a Christian’s gift For it sustains and guides, A source of love and strengthening, Refreshment it provides, Because it’s easy to forget So much of what we need To keep our hearts on Him alone And make our lives succeed. But this success is not the kind The world views as successful. No, this success is that which comes From leaving what is stressful There at the feet of God, our King, When filled up to the brim With all the things that keep us from Believing, trusting Him. For worldly cares are not the ones That we should concentrate on, But rather on what He requires. It’s God that we should wait on! And so the church is where we’ll find Renewal for our souls. We hear His Word and what’s required To meet a Christian’s goals Of love, belief in Him who died Who taught us how to live, And helping others, living love And learning to forgive. For just as He forgives our sins He says, “Forgive each other. No matter the offense, I say, Show love to one another.” For if we cannot show the grace Like Jesus always gave, Then how can we then expect the same From Him who died to save. So God gave us His church to be Where we will find His Word, To gather with believers and A place where hearts are stirred.
Pat Severin is a retired Christian school teacher who has served her Lord in many ways. These include school, church and teen ministry and her current personal ministry, creating cards that include her original poems of encouragement. These she sends out weekly to those going through difficult medical issues. She contributes regularly to her online blog, Poetically Speaking, which she began in 2008, and has self-published a number of poetry collections.