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Joseph Anderson

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A Faltering Faith


Time draws near, I await my fate,
The fate all mortals must await;
Is God still firmly on his throne,
Or must I make this trip alone?

My dimming faith has gone astray,
On this I think and even pray;
This sordid world of greed and sin,
Has stretched my faith extremely thin, .

Am I alone, do others see
Religion's great diversity;
Eternal wars in faith's own name,
Faith without works must take the blame.

Time's drawing near, but I must wait
To view the face of Heaven's gate;
When, if I see death's final glow
Then I shall know, most surely know.

Submitted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Edited: Saturday, February 01, 2014

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Can we ever change this desperate trend?

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  • Bronze Star - 6,756 Points * Sunprincess * (2/19/2014 7:50:00 PM)

    ............you know someday we shall all know the answers to these questions....just hang onto the faith... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/31/2014 4:40:00 PM)

    With you every step of the way Joe. Great poem. Can you check out Ls.3 and 4 in the penultimate verse. Might be a typo. You may like Forty Seven Years. :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 8,822 Points Heather Wilkins (7/13/2013 2:20:00 PM)

    you are not alone, others do see Joseph. We all await our destiny. Perhaps we will write our poetry for the angels to sing in the heavenly choir. That would be a great reward. nice read (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,205 Points Valsa George (5/3/2013 6:23:00 AM)

    So candid, So very realistic! ! At certain point of time, every one is plagued by such doubts! But we are likely to over come such falterings and move to deeper Faith! There is a life after death and we will be rewarded with eternal bliss!
    I am sure God will overlook our minor blemishes, for He is kind and merciful! This is my staunch faith! ! A fabulous write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 873 Points Smoky Hoss (4/30/2013 6:18:00 PM)

    Oh Joseph, you have penned one for the ages, a voice speaking out from and for humanity; I love the honesty in the words, the truth of a searching soul. So well done my friend. One of my favorites, indeed.
    Kathleen Norris wrote in her wonderful book Amazing Grace: doubt is merely the seed of faith, a sign that faith is alive. The great theologian Paul Tillich once wrote: doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is indeed part of it.
    Keep writing, it's great to hear true words that are bare and real! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,549 Points Hans Vr (4/30/2013 9:31:00 AM)

    Dear Joseph,
    This is a very honest expression of sincere doubt followed by a last sentence filled with a certainty.
    The thoughts expressed are very touching and I think I can fully understand them.
    I want to say this, Joseph. Your poetry is superb. You keep touching many hearts with each of your masterly crafted wonderfully rhyming poems. Keep on writing, keep on writing. Each visit to your collection is a welcome delight to my heart. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,239 Points Patricia Grantham (4/24/2013 6:05:00 PM)

    Hello Joe, This is a wonderful poem about faith or lack of it. Keep your faith in
    God. Don't look to the right nor to the left just straight ahead. The big prize is
    just ahead of you. A heartfelt write. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,928 Points Valerie Dohren (4/23/2013 5:10:00 AM)

    With everything that is going on in the world, it is hard to have faith in anything. But we must at least have faith in ourselves and live as good a life as possible, then we can meet our end with as little regret as possible. A fabulous poem Joseph, really well written. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,974 Points Walterrean Salley (4/22/2013 12:08:00 AM)

    Be strong Joeph. Keep the faith and never grow weary. And with your hand in God's hand, surely you'll make it all right. I absolutely enjoyed this wonderful, heartfelt read. My best to you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 219 Points David Wood (4/20/2013 11:33:00 AM)

    Jo, this is a geat poem, this sordid world of greed and sin. Perfect description of today but have a read of my poem What Love it may help your faith. God bless. (Report) Reply

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