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On Promises

Gabrielle Tanksley
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“Under the Law, the promises of God are contingent upon ‘If you obey all commandments.’ Under Grace, the promises of God, in Christ, are ‘Yes’ from God and ‘Amen’ from you.”

- John Mark Pantana in Love Secrets

 

I’ve got this.

My calendar is set.             

My to-do list is organized.

Will - meet with church group             

Will - serve on Sundays

Won’t - remember to seek Him

Daily            

Will - begin to feel hollow

Begin the simple missing

God?

Yes?

I’m sorry.

one tear runs, two tears sprint

sobs spring from the presence—

the inexplicable weight of the Holy Spirit,

the lightness of relationship made right with God

 

I’ve missed you.

Where have you been?

I don’t know.

It wasn’t worth it.

But You know that.

Help me draw closer to you.

Yes.

Amen.

 

You’ve got this?

Yes.

Amen.

 

Time passes and passion fades         

As the bright red stain of His blood

fades to salmon pink            

my mind is overridden

with a self-righteous

lack of faith.          

Time tenses and          

my mind is overtaken-                                      

the Law overrides Grace                       

a deformed, misguided    

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At the end of my rope,                  

I seek Grace.                  

God?                  

Yes?

Long time no see, huh?                  

I’m sorry.                  

silent tear trails                                   

marks path down cheek to chin,

falls to folded hands.

You’ve been chasing me.                    

sobs shake shoulders in muted prayer,

a soul’s needy cry.                   

I forgive you,

Always.

Tears dry, a deep sigh,

a feeling I know to be

Peace.

Yes.

Amen.

Gabrielle Tanksley graduated from Brown in 2021 with a degree in Psychology.

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