THIS I KEEP ON DOING (a sinner’s sonnet)
by Marie Elena
“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do –
this I keep on doing.” ~ Romans 7:19
Like Paul, I do what I don’t want to do.
The best in me is shallow as a shoal,
That barely covers that which is askew.
An ugliness lies deep within my soul.
Too quick am I to judge and criticize.
This goes against my core belief; my creed.
I want to see my fellow man with eyes
That focus on their value and their need.
I give to Christ my own besetting sin
And ask Him to unseat its hiding place.
I beg of Him to change me from within –
Remove what doesn’t bolster love and grace.
For He alone can break through this façade
To commandeer the part that’s deeply flawed.
© Marie Elena Good, 2017