Saturday, September 13, 2014

If You Obey Me

A piece of prose/poetry from the days I first became a Baha'i (1978).
I cam from a Christian background and the hymn Trust and Obey was running through my head while I wrote this.

"If  you obey Me you will see that which we have promised you, and I will make you the friends of My Soul in the realm of My Greatness and the Companions of My Beauty in the heaven of My Might forever. "    

Baha’u’llah  (Compilations, Baha'i Scriptures, p. 103)

If You Obey Me

We the people, arose
To sing Him praise
The words we sang
Had a sobering effect,
That made up pause
And deeply reflect
On what we’ve wrought
In God’s days.

The words,
Oh the words to that song.
Trust and Obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy today
Than to trust and obey,
Words that haunt you
All life long.

We remembered sitting
And listening in tears
To Moses as He revealed
God’s Tablets of Laws
Realizing the depth
Of all our flaws
Sensing the darkness
Of our prior years

And the words
The words that He said
Trust and Obey
Or you will never see
That Promised Day
Of entering Caanan
Through heavens gateway
Trust and Obey

We remembered them all
God’s Prophets, their days
How they taught us

More of God’s ways.
How we treated them
The blood on our hands
Actions of ours that
We don’t understand

And Their Words,
Their Words were the same.
Trust and Obey
For there is no other way
To be happy in any day
Than to Trust and Obey.
The Kingdom is God’s
He alone will reign.

We thought of today,
When God in all His Glory
Revealed Baha’u’llah, the object
Of the Prophetic story,
And how the Promised Day
Is right now, right here
And how we still long to see
Caanan, God’s Kingdom so dear.

Oh Lord, the spirit is willing
But the flesh is weak.
May our flesh be consumed
that we may speak
the praise of You
Who are eternally One.
May we be the channels through which
Thy will, will be done.

And our song,
Our song must be the same
Trust and Obey
For this is the King of Days
And there is no other way
To be happy today
Than to Trust and Obey
Trust and Obey.


Shauna Conway-Hardway-Smith said...

I like this. Thank you for sharing.

Jack Bush said...

Thanks, Shauna.