Breath of Life (Poem)

It all began with God…
God opened the black scroll of the universe
He said one word
Light sparked in darkness
Life pulsed in emptiness
Creation inhaled and exhaled glorifying God
God created man and exhaled into him
Man inhaled life and exhaled with breath of wonder, praise, joy

Then the fall came…
A whisper that started it all
“You can be like God, just inhale this suggestion
You could live and breathe without God.”
Man inhaled the enticing idea
Its intoxicating scent seeped into him
Making his choice
Death entered
A severance in trust
God gasped
 “What happened?” He asked
“I didn’t do it,” man gulped
A death in the heart of man
God wept and tells man
“You hurt Me, so you cannot stay.”
From welcome to expulsion
From life to death

Death

Mindful of man God made Himself small
By writing Himself into His story
He became a Man
A character of the story
He approached man
But he did not recognize Him
God had shown him how to restore the bond
He call him back
But addicted to the whisper man did not care
Comfortable in darkness he did not want to be in the light
So adapted to death, life disgusted him
God wept again
He extended His hands to man
“Come home, Son,” He implored
Man took those hands and pierced them
Man poisoned by the whispered lies hurt God with a passion
God sighed grief
His heart broken again
His side was punctured
His life
His breath
trickled
out

Man
laughed
then wept
and said
“I have no home.
I have no One.
I brought this.
I
don’t
want
this.”

“I forgive you, Son.”
God said,
“Come home.”
God lives and breathes again.

So what will man do?
Continue to die
In pain
In loneliness
In homelessness?

Or inhale from God once again,
Exhale in gratitude
And live
In love,
In joy,
And in peace?

Remember
It was God who said,

“All is forgiven. Come home, Son”

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