Lord Make Wheat of Me

Some years ago, in 1993, I penned this simple verse as a reflection on the wheat and tares (weeds) from the Gospel of Matthew 13:36-43.   It’s now some eighteen years later.  I can now say “Your body is food by which I am sustained,” for I am now enjoying the fullness of Christian faith in the Catholic church.

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Lord, make wheat of me,
For tares are displeasing to Thee.

Let me be a seed with precious intent,
Knowing all things I should repent.

Daily watered by spiritual rain,
Your Word body is food by which I am sustained;

When I first saw the light of Your  only Son,
I knew my life had begun.

Swaying to and fro in the wind,
I quiver, twist, and bend.

In faith knowing I’ll never break,
You’ve promised no more than we can take;

While tares will feel the flame and fire,
Your harvest of wheat will be singing in heaven’s choir;

Oh Lord, I pray, make wheat of me,
For tares are condemned to die in fire by Thee!
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