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© 2-13-2000 John L. Stevens

I was lost in this world from doing my will,
My need was great, impossible to fill.
Then someone told me of Your love divine,
How You came to earth to save mankind.
I called Your name Lord, not knowing the cross.
Would You be there, for me – the lost?
Would I be worthy to call Your name?
The deeds I had done, had caused You shame.
Your forgave me Father as I knelt to pray
I gave you my life that glorious day
For in desperation I had reached for you,
Oh love divine, I found You so true.
With love and forgiveness You died on that tree
Your grace and mercy, is abundant and free.
Oh precious gift, from God above.
You waited for me with arms of Love.
You were there, oh Lord, waiting for me,
With arms open wide for all to see.
You lifted me up from my deep, dark sin,
And gave me peace, such peace, within.
I sought Your touch for the love I’d missed
From the times of doing, what I thought best.
I sought Your presence to receive Your love,
And found such joy, God’s gift from above.
Your love covered me, in all my need,
I saw the cross where You did bleed.
I felt Your love growing deep within.
Your touch cleansed me from where I’d been.
You cleansed my soul from inside to out
By Your love divine, I have no doubt.
Your love surrounds me, all my days,
As I walk with You, learn your ways.
Lord, I call your name, now knowing the Cross
You are always there, for me – the lost.
You make me worthy to call Your name,
So the deeds I do, won’t cause You shame.
(draft 4 5-6-02)


One Comment to “Arms of Love (Love Divine)”

  1. admin says:

    From Hello Poetry
    Chris G J Smith Jul 28, 2010
    Beautiful, an inspirational poem my friend.
    Mari Jul 28, 2010
    I adore this absolutely wonderful write John. So well crafted and presented to the reader. Once again, your deep Faith, Hope & Love for God drape each line of the poem like a very beautiful Spiritual cloak. Most inspiring, it comes from the depths of both your beautiful heart and resplendent soul. I love how the poem is expressed and the fine display of pictorial depiction you pen with both flair and skill. I also love how you repeat the second four lines of verse 1 as the final four lines in the poem but in contrast to the first verse! Simply brilliant John! It is such a great privilege and joy to read your work, dear friend. This is truly a magnificent poetic Masterpiece, to me, John and I applaud you on the excellence of your work. THANK YOU so VERY much for sharing John. Enjoy a very blessed and lovely day!

    John Stevens Jul 28, 2010
    I must take my grandson to the dentist in 20 minutes. Thank you My Irish Rose for your wonderful comment. I WILL have a great day now. How can I not after read both of your comments this am. I am happy you noticed the contrast in the beginning and the end. My prayer is this can lift someone up in times of discouragement.

    Thanks for a wonderfully written critique.
    louis rams Jul 31, 2010
    this is magnificent ! thats all i can say.

    John Stevens Jul 31, 2010
    I appreciate it Louis

    Emily Sun Jul 31, 2010
    Stunningly beautiful, poetic, and very spiritually touching; however take care not to be too repetitive with the greatness of the Lord. It might be a tad more interesting if you talked more about the doubt you felt in the beginning, stir a little more conflict maybe. The conclusion is very powerful though- nice job!

    John Stevens Jul 31, 2010
    It is a prayer. It was not meant for anyone else to read at the time of writing. So it is what it is. I prefer to not dwell on the negative long and after 6o some years I find it more advantageous to look UP and not down. Generally when someone turns 14 their parents become extremely dumb and don’t return to their senses until the teen becomes 25. It is a strange phenomenon I must admit.

    Thanks for reading Emily

    John Stevens Aug 1, 2010
    I just read my comment to you to my wife. She raked me over the coals for the 14 25 section. Now that I think about it…. she is right. I was trying to be funny but failed. Sorry Emily

    Emily Sun Aug 2, 2010
    Hahaha don’t worry about it John, I’m sorry if I offended you in any way, it really is a lovely poem and if taken strictly as a prayer it is truly beautiful and touching. Keep writing. (:
    Respond to Emily Sun
    Matthew Cannizzaro Jul 31, 2010
    Very well written. Being an aggressive atheist myself I sometimes forget faith can breed such love and beauty.

    John Stevens Jul 31, 2010
    What does an aggressive atheist believe… nothing? I prefer love and beauty over hate and gore. The world is full of the latter and when left alone will self destruct. I would like to know what you are doing 10 years from now. Thanks for the comment. Life to me is all about finding love and beauty where ever it may exist.

    Matthew Cannizzaro Aug 1, 2010
    I believe in the enlightenment, and humanity. I said “aggressive” because I think religion does more harm than good. However, I only said it because I wanted you to know your words were beautiful, regardless of my dislike for faith.

    John Stevens Aug 1, 2010
    Personally the word religion leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I know people who say they love God but act to the contrary. They have lost the love talked about in Corinthians 13 and have becoming a tinkling cymbal. If I kept my eyes on man, I probably would become disillusioned. I have a BS in Physics. In the process of study, faith became more reality and to turn away would be like throwing the Laws of Physics out the window. (if you belong to the flat earth society there is no hope. logic is out the window)

    All that aside… thanks for reading and finding the words beautiful. Word, thoughts, mean something to me. My wife accuses me of being too logical. I am a scientist, what do i know. The more I know the more I find I don’t know.
    Softly spoken Sep 14, 2010
    i love this poem and it is so true,,,, oh the things our god has done for us. i truly love it and also my name is christina and ty for all of your reactions to my poems

    John Stevens Sep 14, 2010
    Thanks Christina. Good to know your name. I am soooo happy you love this piece. It is one of my favorites because of the hope, grace and mercy of God. You have a long life ahead of you, you are on the right path. Bless you young lady.
    Nikki I Sep 21, 2010
    This is so wonderful. I feel like it truly defines the love of God. Amazing, sir.

    John Stevens Sep 22, 2010
    Thanks for reading Nikki. After 60 plus years, I am amazed at the love of God. It is a journey that leads to peace and understand of who He really is. May you have a great journey Nikki

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