"How Long, O Lord, How Long?"
The topic of The Quiet Heart poetry pages in Billy Graham's March 2000 DECISION Magazine seems so appropriate today.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning
Poems on those pages dealt with pain - present bodily, mental and spiritual pain. They expressed our longing to be with Christ, and finally to be all God intended us to be as He completes our redemption when we are at home with Him.
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons,
the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:22-23, NIV
Today, this world seems more chaotic and less dear than it used to. We do long for God's perfect justice, righteousness and peace.
The Bible often expresses the joy that will be ours when Christ brings both justice and righteousness.
He will judge the world in righteousness;
My poem, which was included in the magazine, addresses hope for the present and for the future.
he will govern the peoples with justice.
Psalm 9:8, NIV
The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:5, NIV
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
Psalm 103:6, NIV
...but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me,
that I am the LORD , who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:24, NIV
O God, You promised
All things will be made new.
Our hopes will be fulfilled in You.
Lord, help our unbelief!
"Look up! For your redemption is drawing near." 1
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Do not fear!" 2
The groaning universe waits and strains to see
Our coming redemption's reality.
We raise our heads and shout with certainty:
Our Glorious Redemption,
Thank God, is very near!
-- Nancy Spiegelberg
(1) Luke 21:28
(2) John 14:1
© 2000 Nancy Spiegelberg