Life Given: a #haiku

This week Ronovan brings us a new challenge, as he does weekly, with two new prompt words that work well for my style of writing. 

life in a shambles
far away from the Father
Son gives His for me

Each of our lives, no matter how together they seem on the outside, are far from perfect; many times we find ourselves in a complete mess if we are honest. Any Christian will know what I mean when I say we go through seasons when we feel so far from God, though we really aren’t. 

Unbelievers are completely separated from God. They are in a spiritual shambles until they accept that and seek Him and His grace through His Son, Jesus. 

Jesus’ life was never in a shambles; he led the perfect, unblemished life no one else ever could. I’m not implying that He was in a mess the way we are in this haiku; I want to be clear about that. Rather, on the cross He was separated from His Father to take on our mess – our sins – and pay our penalty, a debt we could never pay. 

Hanging on the cross, suspected between the heavens and earth, Christ called out:

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

All alone He bore the sins of all mankind for all time so that we might be able to be reconciled to God. As the old hymn says, “Oh, what a Savior!”.


  1. SO Well Done, Bro–I love that you use the word “shambles”; that’s exactly how my life looked when, though a Christian, I hadn’t truly caught the revelation yet (3/2011) and was making blind-bad choices from a bad-selfish attitude. I’m nowhere near sainthood yet–but now the messes are do-able, specially with the Holy Spirit standing by, mop and broom in hand! God bless you this Thanksgiving Eve!

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    1. Thanks, Sis. This one just came to me without much thought. I figured it would resonate with most folks if they are honest with themselves.

      Operation Thanksgiving is well underway here, too; I forgot to mention that earlier. Dessert done, bird and stuffing in the low, slow oven, and Cowboy Beans half done. Just finish them up, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and baked macaroni and cheese to do tomorrow. Gee, that a lot still! LOL

      Hope you have a blessed day 🙂


      1. Oooh, Cowboy Beans sound good–how do you fix ’em?? And is the baked macaroni/cheese the real deal, or Kraft? Wish I were next door–we could trade leftovers!! I am positively giddy–all day thanking Jesus and saying,”I’m so happy, I’m so happy”–a nut-case, but a happy one!

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      2. This year it’s “kicked up a notch” Velveeta; I’m too tired to fool with scratch LOL

        Cowboy Beans are pintos, kidneys, and baked beans mixed with ketchup and a few spices that have browned ground chuck, garlic, and diced onions (cooked together first) mixed in then steeped in the crockpot; delicious! Google Cowboy beans recipe; there are lots of variations.


      3. WOWZA, I’m very impressed. Homemade mac and cheese really isn’t the same as what most folks grew up on, and prefer. Though Velveeta would make it great (making note to self…) Thanks for the tip about the beans, will check for recipes! 🙂

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