New Poem: "Lady Choice"

Four thousand times an hour, or more,Each day and night, since I was sixWeeks old inside my mother’s womb, My trusty heart (a metaphorOf what?) with ceaseless double clicksHas beat. Click-click. Click-click. For whom? And you, my Lady, not before,Or during, did a single drug admix,Or cause one click-click to resume; Nor, when God wakened me […]

Four thousand times an hour, or more,
Each day and night, since I was six
Weeks old inside my mother’s womb,

My trusty heart (a metaphor
Of what?) with ceaseless double clicks
Has beat. Click-click. Click-click. For whom?

And you, my Lady, not before,
Or during, did a single drug admix,
Or cause one click-click to resume;

Nor, when God wakened me and swore
By his own name and crucifix
That my new heart would live and bloom

Forever, were you guarantor
Of this, nor seed. Did you affix
A root? You wear a cause costume.

And yet you have a noble chore,
And God decides, not heretics,
When, after birth, beyond the womb,

You serve. And whom. You never bore
My germination. Candle wicks 
Do not cause fire, though all assume,

Since you were there, and since you wore
Your guise, that you can do such tricks.
But no. Whatever you exhume

Lies breathless, Lady, on the floor.
You prop your corpses up with sticks
Like men, and make the air a tomb.

John Piper John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God's call to enter the ministry. For 6 years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren. (By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: DesiringGod.org)

More from John Piper or visit John at http://www.desiringgod.org

Please Note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, uncivil and off-topic. Read a detailed description of our Comments Policy.
article_images/God_Love_316422517.jpg

WATCH: Tim Keller: A Deeper Understanding of God’s Love

“Everything about God’s nature drives Him powerfully toward you.” Share this video with someone who needs to hear that today.