We Are, We Aren’t

We Are, We Aren’t

We try to do our best.
Less often we prevail.
Often, try and fail.
We are – we aren’t.
Sometimes believe,
yet fail to be.
High and low.
Dim and glow.
Confusing mix in us!

We are, we aren’t.
We keep, discard. 
We love, we don’t.
This puzzle’s hard.
Inflexible – disrespectful,
yet accepting – reverential.
Insecure and doubtful,
yet, confident and hopeful.
We’re kind, yet not, 
yet, never cruel to plot.

This mix bewildering.
The same befuddling. 
We’re good and bad.
We’re bad and good.
This mix upsetting.
This mix unsettling.
The spirit willing, 
the flesh is weak. 
The good – we pray.
The bad we tweak.
The rest is grace and faith.

The morning light,
The light not last.
The night comes fast. 
The water’s choppy,
The water’s calm.
Soft breeze is warm,
then wind gets strong.
Lightning – thunder roars. 
Rain starts and stops.
Day turns cool, 
it’s not so hot. 
Nature’s paradox!

We are, we aren’t,
Is this not from God?
His plan His way?
To work and play? 
If so to be, our life and lot! 
A perfect place – I think not!

The high the low,
of heart and soul.
The good, the bad.
Redeemed – forgiven,
God has given. 
The blood the cross,
makes right – this plight.
Sometimes quick.
But mostly over time.
His grace our faith, 
but more His love.
God be Thanked! 
For all He does. 
This human mix, 
has a heavenly fix.
When we are, we are!
When we aren’t, we aren’t!
God not surprised,
Look up to God, 
He helps us rise! 
from who we are not.

Joseph C. Hutchison


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