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The Reason

The answer is so close . . .

Their questions beckon of why such a faith?
“Why do you believe what you do?”
Their curiosity stalks all of my words,
With the weight of the world’s stomping shoe.

Seeking the answer for what they find missing,
This mystery that I call my Lord.
He’s more than just Sunday morning mission,
He’s the direction I keep walking toward.

They ask, “How do you know? Why do you trust,
Something unseen to your eyes?”
They watch my steps from a perch of their own,
Hoping to discover why I still abide.

The resistance, the fervor, the strength to still stand,
When around me, it all falls apart.
The struggle, the climb, the battle, the falls,
The repurpose of a once shattered heart.

My reply is simple, an instinctive tell,
I did not need a book or degree,
When all had abandoned, He did not pass by,
In that hour that I first believed.

My life was a tangle, I’d messed it all up,
Marching decidedly to my demise.
From the edge of the cliff, I called out his name,
With no hesitation, He opened my eyes.

There was nothing special about my soul,
Except that He loved me so.
Lost and broken I reached out my hand,
And met His promise not to let go.

He heard my wailing, He knew my voice,
And rushed mercy and grace right my way,
In my lowest moment, when all others left,
He made the choice only to stay.

Because of this, my attention is His,
My faith wobbles, but won’t fall down.
I believe that His words are words of truth,
His heart revealed on proven ground.

So I will call on Him as long as I live,
My resolve firm, my intentions true.
When I was in need, He never wavered,
Even now He still makes each day new.

Who knows where my gifts would have landed,
If I had chosen not to be heard.
I certainly would not be telling this story,
You would not be reading these words.

The why has found me with joy of rest,
My purpose and point no longer are dim.
Now there is no story that I want to tell,
That does not end with Him.

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Just a Thought

Psalm 116. One day, as I studied another passage, my eyes drifted over Psalm 116 and I remember thinking, “It really is just that simple.” I have had many people ask me why I believe so strongly in God and why I cling to my faith like a lifeline. Many times, I feel the urge to make the answer fancy or enlightening or complicated. But it is not complicated. Just like Psalm 116 says, I called out for help and He answered. Very, very simple.

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I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 116: 1-2 (NIV)

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Shannon Leach is a slice-of-life encouragement writer and the owner of A Repurposed Heart and ARH Inspirations. Her authentic stories and books about leadership, life, and loving people focus on encouraging others and reminding them they are not alone. Her work can also be found in Guideposts and multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is the co-founder of the nonprofit The Fostered Gift.

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