Number 1: My God Comforts

My God comforts
in life
and death
for I know I am not
my own, but am
by the faithfulness
of Christ

What I was
was darkness
a child of wrath
yet, He
was tortured
for me

This same God
is surprised
by no thing
for he knows
and preserves
and keeps
and cares
for each thing

For the third person
reminds me
who I am
who He is
continually reminds
so that I never forget
never forget!
what is to come.

Inspired by the Heidelberg Catechism’s Lord’s Day Question and Answer Number 1.

Q & A 1

Q. What is your only comfort
in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own,1
but belong—

body and soul,
in life and in death—2

to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.3

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,4
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.5
He also watches over me in such a way6
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;7
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.8

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life9
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.10

11 Cor. 6:19-20
2Rom. 14:7-9
31 Cor. 3:23; Titus 2:14
41 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:2
5John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John 3:1-11
6John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:5
7Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18
8Rom. 8:28
9Rom. 8:15-16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14
10Rom. 8:1-17

This is the first of 129 poems in the Heidelberg Series by Anne Marie Jamieson