I Am Job

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I am Job,

the One of Multiplied Loss.

Family,

friends,

employment,

possessions,

reputation,

health,

value,

self –

all are added on Affliction’s Abacus.

Feeble fingers

let them slip,

great blood-drops

to a parched and greedy earth.

Having nothing more to hold,

I lift hands to heaven,

free to worship He who

gives and takes away,

Empty,

yet

so very

Full;

for who can I hold but You?

Who have I ever been

but Yours?

Ashes to ashes,

dust to dust,

naked I came,

and naked I am cursed to remain;

but it is here,

in the naked places,

that I choose Your raiment.

It is here, in the place of emptiness,

that I choose Your food.

I am Job ,

the One of Multiplied Gain…

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23 comments on “I Am Job

  1. kristen98 says:

    <> I am deeply touched by this. Thank you for speaking what is on my heart this morning.

  2. Wonderful poem Melody, i especially love the phrase “Affliction’s Abacus”.

  3. lvsrao says:

    Excellent composition.

  4. Caddo Veil says:

    This is WOW-Wonderful.

  5. Robert Rife says:

    Whew! You’re just cookin’ with gas, aren’t ya?!

  6. Debbie says:

    This is a really powerful poem, Melody . ..I loved it! Thank you so much!

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Now which came first? The photo or the words? I could look at the photo all day and, beautiful as it is, I would be hard pressed to extract Job. Yet, when you bring the two together, I love that I can go” Oh yes, that is so right.”

  8. Glenda Mills says:

    melody, this is so profound…there was a time when I was feeling this way…and like you I learned my loss was rich gain…I love…who can I hold but You…it’s true…He is the only one who remains. Others will fail us or leave us bur nothing will ever separate us from His love and Presence. The Lord seems to reduce us to nothing, so that we can understand the rich gain from knowing Jesus. To God be he glory! thanks for sharing. Psalm 56: 8 …Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not all in your book?

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