Shouts of Joy: a #haiku

Even though I’ve been up-to-my-eyeballs with “stuff” of late and not real inspired to write much, I always look forward to Ronovan’s weekly challenge. This week is no exception.  

As I shuffled through my emails this evening after bedtime-story time for my grandson (and there’s a lot of them yet unchecked) I found this week’s words: call and cheer. Of course these prompt words spoke to me; knowing exactly the direction I would go, it only took me a few minutes to decide on their order and exact placement before I had my haiku. 

I hear cheers of joy
when Jesus calls His own home
many will not hear

While the cheers of joy and the thought of that call home are wonderful to me, they also make me shudder; I know from Christ’s own words there will be many shouts and cry of sorrows and grief, not all will be joyous.  

““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I know many will pass by a fair number of my posts; people don’t want to hear about my faith and beliefs if it doesn’t coincide with their lifestyle choices. 

  It is my hope and prayer that perhaps one will read and consider the words and thoughts I convey. The Bible says that each of us must be persuaded in our own minds about what Scripture says (Romans 14:5); it’s the job of the Holy Spirit to convict, not mine. I am not saying you have to think/believe exactly as I do but you do have to make a choice on the matter. Choosing to wait/ignore are a decision: that’s choosing not to believe.