How Thankful

“How Thankful” a poem by Colin Nunn


How thankful, how grateful that I should receive;

not what I deserve, but what I believe.

For if I received what I ought, then I should

be lost in my faults; there’d be nothing I could

Do to redeem the time wasted on Earth;

for man is found twisted and crooked from birth.

The outcome how sad, of this warp in his frame:

Instead of uprightness, he’s crippled and lame.


If it were needful for man to repair

the damage he’s done, then not one could bear,

The challenge of guilt, the heart that must quail

at the hopelessness of the soul that will fail;

Though hard he will struggle to make himself right,

the mountain of victory is large, and its height;

Is greater than any encounter in life,

and harder by far than all kinds of strife.


The good news is better than man can expect

“Whoever will come, God will not reject’;

Such is the love that the Father has shown;

the harvest reflects not the seed that is sown,

But a vast field of joy; of souls that are pure,

who into the ages of ages endure;

Because of the love of the Father for those

who without him had no chance of rest or repose.


How can I deserve the chance to repent?

It isn’t an issue, for God simply sent,

His Beautiful Son to pay for my wrong.

Instead of rejection He gives me a song,

That’s instilled in my heart along with a pledge

that He’s hedging my heart around with the hedge,

Of protection from all the result of past guilt,

and the filter of Spirit to remove all the silt.


Simply ‘believe’ is the answer to sin;

not wrestling and striving in order to win,

We’re no longer condemned who simply believe;

those who trust in His word are those who achieve

Eternal forgiveness for all they have done.

When God looks at them He sees only His Son,

Who paid the great price so they could belong

to His own great family, cleansed from all wrong.


The message is patent for all who will hear;

there’s no need for living enslaved by your fear,

God says ‘It’s by grace you’re forgiven your sin’

It’s surely by faith; we believe him; to win

Freedom from all of eternity’s qualms,

and a peace that enables, assures us and calms,

All of our doubts and all of our fears,

no room for anxiety, fretting or tears

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