Poems


Sad World

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • December 21, 2015

 Sad World Sad world That strives and frets for Newness And finds this ‘new’ is Sameness. Sad world That thinks its need is Money And cannot find its Treasure. Sad world When goals are selfish Whims And nearby is A neighbour. Sad world That dreams of Freedom And then its wants increase— Insatiable. Sad world That multiplies Diversions And cannot find true Joy Sad world When awe is kept for Celebrity And grandeur is all Levelled. Sad world That vows to end Injustice But has no hope or Promise. Sad world Where justice cannot rise above Our courts And there […]

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A hymn to Christ

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

A hymn to Christ—High Priest A reflection on John 17 We did not ask you to pray for us, or pray for ourselves to be strong. Nor sought our strength in your actions, nor longed for the life of your heaven. We longed for a union of spirits and a love that would cover the earth, But saw not the need for your passion to sanctify us in the truth. You came and prayed in our hearing, a prayer to the Father of love A prayer, united with action, to establish a people of God. All power was yours to […]

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Time

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

Time Time is heaven’s gift And when received as such Retains its aspect of Unhurried love—eternal. Each given moment then Need not be rushed with fretfulness As though it were a shrinking space, but rather, Filled with Father’s grace for all. Such love found space in Christ To touch each one he met, Until the glory came, and death, And timeless Love found place in time. So starts God’s love in me, With patience. And may it ever flow Unbroken, from above, in kindness. Grant Thorpe, 2015 Time (PDF)

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The Sideways Look

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

The Sideways Look The sideways look… How burdensome to mind and heart! What terrors when one’s fate Hangs in the uneven balance Of what is happening in Another’s life. Ah Lord To me is given Life and love and every good Straight from your cross and ascended power Love, pure love, for me And shall I then complain? Now may I well look sideways Not to gain from peer’s uncertainties To counter mine, but To look upon their gain and loss As gain and loss of mine And ornament the honour given them. Grant Thorpe; 1990 The Sideways Look (PDF)

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Pride

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

Pride God walked In the cool of day To visit Eve and Adam And found them Hiding Pride of rivaling God And knowing good and evil, When God drew near, Had made them Tremble God came, and comes, to prideful us Seeking out our hiding places To honour us with his word Of death to pride and birth of Promise So when God’s Son was born To Mary The proud rose up with fearful rage But the lowly found A Saviour Could they then see The awful battle God had joined? This Son would wear our pride And tremble in […]

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Knowledge of God

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

Knowledge of God Knowing of God we have together… What else when God is love One Father delighting in his Son—the crucified And pouring out for him A blessing on the world And we, endowed in him His Brothers, Bride and Body Receiving in our flesh His Spirit. What else when, together, we are Sealed by Christ, our Brother Who does not think our faults A blemish on the relationship But bound them to himself To awful death And rose with peace for us to share As family. What else when All of us have Died one death Live in […]

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Does God Hurry ?

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 30, 2015

Does God Hurry ? Does God hurry? Does he scurry? Is he ever in a rush? He has so many things to do while Looking after us. It seems to me the things I want Should happen in a hurry. There’s always more that could be done So surely God must worry. But our Father is eternal. He’s never short of time, And he can manage everything That he has got in mind. Jesus said he never did Anything at all Without his Father showing What was needed, big or small. God can fit his big things Into little bits […]

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Conscience

  • By Grant Thorpe
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  • October 26, 2015

Conscience Ah conscience tutored in the ways of Rightness Practiced in the ways of Rectitude Raging until each aberration Is made good And raging too until Each thought is Pure and steady Ah conscience never satisfied Working on until The flesh is limp and Mind exhausted Urging on to kingdoms that will Compensate and camouflage The lack that still remains Ah conscience Meet your Master Even God Not with face all stern And whip in hand But in the face of Christ Sin bearer See there the Thefts, adulteries and murders And many lesser crimes All lovingly embraced and borne […]

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