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FIRST-PERSON: Psalm 9/11

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A meditation:

“Those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:4-5

The furious fire in the sky brought low
Monuments built by the muscle and mind
Of men achieving greatness of the kind
Seldom known since Babel long ago.

The Curious desire, eyes now dry, to know
If power and wealth served to make us blind
To pride equating us with the Divine;
Thus, incurring Heaven’s wrath here below.

How shall we answer this? The ones to blame
Most surely are those monstrous hate-filled men
Who disdained the precious lives that were lost
That day. God’s love and justice are the same —
Inscrutable — as they have always been.
Praise His Name! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
David E. Hankins is vice president for Cooperative Program with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn.

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