God took me to the very brink of death;
And showed me, there, a glimpse of what could be.
We walked beside a river, to a throne
That sat upon a golden, glassy sea.
He showed me many homes He has prepared
For those who rest, eternally, with Him;
Who turned to Him for mercy and forgiveness,
Acknowledging His payment for their sin.
He asked me, then, a question I’d prepared for,
“What have you done, that you deserve such peace?”
I thought I was prepared to give an answer;
Until I saw the tear slide down His cheek.
‘Twas then my eyes were drawn up to His forehead,
Where tiny scars, from thorns that pierced His brow,
Reminded me that He had paid my ransom.
How is it I’d not seen that until now?
The list of deeds I’d done now quickly faded,
As I perceived the reason for His tear.
I had assumed that all the good I’d done
Was earning me a place of welcome, here.
But it was He, Who bore the pain of Calvary
To purchase my redemption, full and free.
I couldn’t earn His favor; He is holy!
But, by His grace, He made a way for me.
God took me to the very brink of death.
But then He said that it was not yet time.
I recognized the gift I had been given:
A second chance to find eternal life.
I vowed, then, that I’d live my life to please Him;
But not to earn a place in Paradise.
Instead, it is in loving gratitude,
That He already paid my ransom price.
And someday with my Lord in Heaven I’ll be.
His gift of life enlightened even me.
"For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life."
by Lisa Kesinger DeVinney, November 2008