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I've Tried So Hard, Lord

Micah 6:8
He is tired, his eyes clouded.
He will lead worship tonight,
and does.

His talk today is of acting justly,
loving tenderly
and walking humbly.

The mid-life strain familiar
marks his face.
Others are not just towards him,
nor he to himself.
Nor tender.
And one so much on show
finds inner humility
as slippery as a tiddler
in a pond.

Even his report of an acquaintance
who was killed today
sounded off-hand,
a jaded nightmare,
a sop for intercessions.

Is true compassion now beyond him?
The bending and the breaking
of this terrible storm within,
the gasping for breath
in the night
ever be stilled?

Do those who fail Micah's call
do so, sometimes, not of unwillingness,
but out of ghastly depletion?

Let Your shalom be given
to those who care too much!

Ross Kingham
© - 2000

Ross lives in Canberra, Australia. He is the director/administrator of Barnabas Ministries, Inc., which offers ministers of the Gospel a place to pause, refresh their perspective, and renew their acquaintance with God.


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