Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Guest Writer

My mom was feeling a bit stressed today, so I offered to write the blog post. I entered this poem in a contest at my high school. It didn't win, but I think it still has merit. I hope you like it...John


I created the World.
I created it to bring you joy, beauty, happiness.
I created it for you to bring you peace, prosperity and knowledge of my power and wisdom.

I created human life.
I created it to make the world a brighter place.
I created it to give me joy.
I gave humans the opportunity to live with me in paradise in the garden.
I created everything to give them happiness, pleasure and the knowledge of my great love for them.

I knew all about them even before I created them.
I knew all of their plans, desires, thoughts, wishes, wonders.
I knew all about their minds.
I knew how weak they were.
I knew that no matter how much of myself I gave out to them,
they would not care for it.
Instead they would only care about worldly things like money and power.
They would not care for my plans for them.
They did not want to live in accord with me, but wanted to live separate from me.

I became angry.
I was hurt.
I was troubled!
I was so sad that these people would rather live in the dark then the light.

I had a plan to save them that would be the greatest mystery the world would ever see.
My plan was to send my only Son to them. He was to teach them my ways and my special plan for each of them, and most importantly he was to take their sin.
He was to perform the ultimate sacrifice by taking the sins of everyone on earth.
I was willing to give up my Son whom I loved, so that I could save you and live in your hearts.

Come all who can hear!
Give up your ways, just as I gave up my Son!
Listen to my words of Salvation!
Bring all your troubles!
Bring all your fear!
Bring all your sins!
I thirst for these so that I may wash and cleanse you and make you whole again!

I long for you!
Turn from your ways!
Take even a step toward me and I will run the rest of the way to you!
Oh beautiful people whom I have created in my image, come and bask in my light!
Come and sit in my presence so that I can tell you how much I love you!
I died for you to show you how much I love you and that I want you to be with me in Heaven!

Blessed are those who hear me!
Open your hearts for I will come into them and will live in you forever!
How wonderful are you who follow my ways!
Let me wrap my arms around you!
Let me pour out my love to you!

I forgive you of your wrongdoing.
I forgive you of your sins.
I will always forgive and love you!

Come to me!
Oh my people, I stand at your doors and knock!
Please open so that I may enter and live with you forever and ever!

By: John Paul Bender, age 15


  1. I hope you won the contest, this is beautiful!

  2. Oops! You didn't win, but you should have!

  3. John, what a beautiful poem! Some of the best work isn't the "winner." What a great act of love to willing to share on your mom's blog at age 15. I admire your spirit and your love for the Lord, and his greatest gift to you, your mother:)

    I hope "mom" is feeling better and that this stress day was just one, and will settle soon. I will keep her in my prayers!

  4. Wow! I hope you don't mind if I print this out so I can read it again. It's such a beautiful poem--you've really captured in words the love affair God wants with all of His creation.

    Thanks for sharing it (and for giving your mom a break!)