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Fire – A Poem about God

[I was blessed by the following poem originally posted by Matthias Media. Thanks, Tim Challies, for drawing my attention to it.]

We made a fire today:
piled branches
in a top-heavy heap
and watched
as flames licked and spat and hissed,
roared high above our heads,
flicked their tails in a column of
dense
green
smoke.
We had to stand well back,
shield our faces,
dodge falling embers,
evade choking fumes.

And I looked,
trembled,
and thought,
“It is a dreadful thing
to fall into the hands
of the living God.”

We made a fire today:
it died lower, low,
till leaves vanished,
twigs glimmered,
branches charred,
ash deepened,
coals glowed.
Tamed
(but not tame)
it invited
marshmallow-toasting,
potato-cooking,
melody-singing,
hand-warming.

And I looked,
dreamed,
and thought,
“His wrath burned out
in the body of his Son,
God becomes
refuge
comfort
sustenance
warmth;

but never safe,
never to be disregarded,
never to be taken lightly,

for our God is
still
a consuming fire.”

(See Hebrews 10:31; 12:29 NIV)

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4 Comments

  1. Absolutely wonderful analogy. I will never look at a fire the same.

  2. Ditto on Julie’s post. I love it when day to day things can point our thoughts to Christ.

  3. Before I read this poem, my friend was just talking about how many ways we use fire in so many different ways and comparisons. And here is one more way… This way of looking at fire is probably one of my favorites. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  4. Wow.. I don’t often connect with poetry, but the word pictures that this author shared are amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us!