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The Words They Heard

All quite correct, the words they heard,
Of "born again," of "works and grace,"
But in a box, both small and safe.

Some called it quaint, an oddity,
The culture that explains the man,
"Yes, true for him, but not for me."

Thus hid the stark eternal truth
And missed the chance the One to see
Who made, redeemed, and Judge will be.

"I saw the Lord," the prophet wrote,
No matter in himself was weak,
Released from pull of human reins,
He, for that Lord, with pow'r did speak.

His hearers still
Could spurn the Word,
But never doubted
That they'd heard.

Ross Olson

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