Sonnet: Amazing Riches
The following poem was written by ninth-grade homeschool student "J.S.," who is well familiar with Ephesians 2:8-9, which states the following:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:In the sonnet, J.S. also alludes to the ninth chapter of Acts, which relates the conversion of Saul (later renamed Paul) as he traveled the road to Damascus.
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For why have we been shown the gift of grace?
His gift to us presents no earthly sense;
Labors of man render most vain pretense;
His power over hell man’s sins erase;
Failed efforts of man, His mercies replace.
Our natures of evil do stage expense;
But His blood and choice, the dues recompensed
So that by grace through faith, Him will we face.
The path to grace for us the Book explains:
The journey to heav’n Paul traveled in vain,
And he believed that he could find the way;
But Paul’s eyes opened and Truth did convey.
Mercies we long for, no works will obtain.
Sweet mercy from God—gift given, not gained!
—Contributed by J.S.
The Exaltation of the True Cross, 1733