Fear points a finger at the mind

Taunts about daily circumstances

With just enough grasp of understanding

To send off another dark vortex of anxiety

Spinning subtle winds of perception,

Funnel clouds of confused reality;

Money and love and security

Comfort and pleasure and painless days,

A life with strong handles always to grip tightly,

Control an ever growing passion.

Then the body shows weakness

Beauty sags a little lower

Muscle strength wanes slowly, steadily

Aging is relentless, unforgiving,

Lies believed cover and delay,

Alcohol, sex, drugs, television and other escapes

But the body continues its slow, methodical death spiral

The ground cries out for its just due louder and louder,

Fear of death as a final shocking reckoning.

Hopeless and helpless human nature

Man and woman in a deadly snare

No inner desire to even seek or search for God

Alone and forever lost,

The mystery of eternity soon to be revealed,

To all.

Then the Savior of mankind,

God of Heaven and Earth

Lord of Creation and of mercy, stands up

Looks with the only love that can drive out fear of death,

And works the work of salvation in His remnant,

All liars and false shepherds fade into dry dust.

A living drink of salvation given to some willing here

And others who will receive Him, there

Who at last “drink with joy

From the wells and the springs of true salvation”.  


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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