Saving the World… by Melanie Svoboda…

April 8, 2012
Place of Grace

Place of Grace

Saving the World

Jesus did not leave behind

a three-ring spiral notebook

labeled: How to Save the World.

He did not leave behind

a file cabinet stuffed with

folders marked

Faith, Hope, Love,

Recruiting Strategies,

Financial Planning,

and Pro-active Public Relations.

He did not leave behind

his journal,

his password or his Blackberry.


Jesus left behind

the gentle sway of who he was;

his integrity, compassion,


longsuffering, and forgiveness.

He left behind

the bread and wine

of his life and teachings,

and his total surrender

to a terrible death

borne of unselfish love.

He left behind

a handful of followers,

radically made new

just by his presence.

We will save the world

in only one way:

by being transformed

into his beautiful person.

Melannie Svoboda, from “Just Because – Prayer Poems to delight the heart”


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