LOVE SPARED: by Sharon Netzer
Sharon's reason for writing this poem was because not only had her pastor and her church rejected her, but I, her once very close sister, had also rejected her. I didn't want to and in my heart, I really didn't but I felt and believed that I had to be obedient to the so-called man of God, Lloyd Goodwin. I remember her knocking at my door and I had been told not to let her in my house. Sharon, I ask you once again, even though I know that you already have, to forgive me for this. I never did stop loving you. I'm so glad that you are my sister.
1 John 4:19-20 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Why did you reject me? I cannot understand.
Is it something God would permit or a deed he would command?
For, my God is love - such splendid love, I sense a power so strong,
How can the need of such little love make one's life turn out so wrong?
It is as if one tiny drop of rain could make me bloom,
Unless it falls upon my heart, I feel I'll wither much too soon.
Such a simple act I ask of you, dear sister of my flesh,
If God is love - and He's in you, why should you offer less!!!!
Recognition by Betty Edmondson