The Ticket

by Gibblet

My journey’s ticket, I received
Though, feign despair, the earth to leave
It’s tainted soil, home, alas
And crooked ways, a known repast

To journey forth, I know not whence
And what shall be my recompense
For grinding snout against the stone
And trudging on, by angst alone

The ticket reads, “By Train or Bus,
The latter more circuitous,
Climbs to the throne, a transfer make,
Then speeding, non-stop, to the lake.”

“The Lake Of Fire”, that should read
(Its destiny, t’was taught to me)
Where sulphur burns; souls, death beseech
Or so the Sunday Schools teach

Ha! What farce! It can’t be true!
If there’s a God – what He would do
Is make sure all of Noah’s kin
Would get a ticket straight to Heav’n

You know the place: the streets of gold
Where wander sheep from His own fold
Where sunless night shines bright as day –
So says the simple hymns they play

Yes! Straight to Heaven we should go
At journey’s end, through Hell’s first snow!
Though, damning self, I should refrain
And consider yet, the Train

My ticket’s punched, I have to choose
And chance my willful pride to loose
Which served me well from birth ’till now
As hounds of Hell begin to howl

“The Train proceeds directly on
Conducted by the Only Son,
Who paid the cost of travel to
A Heavenly place prepared for you.”

A place for me? Near Heaven’s throne?
When He paid He must have known
That least of all, do I fit in
Among the churchy righteous men

But now, too late, I do begin
To feel a longing, deep within
And hear a whisper, soft and fair
Calling me to come to there

He’s offering: to Him I cleave
To gain true life; in Him, believe!
The Son, The Only One Begot
Who, from Death, my life He wrought

How can I turn from One so true?
Believe is all that I must do!
Now, in my heart He speaks with force
That my belief has changed my course

Oh, blessed journey! I will take
The Train, on trip that I must make
To Heaven’s door I once despised
…To look into my Savior’s eyes!

Now, waiting for the horn to blow
I’ll tell you, quickly, what I know
On stand-by, I, this Train did meet
But you can still reserve a seat

Your ear, incline into the breeze
His voice, His voice! Your soul to free
Turn from all the worldly fuss
Take the Train, and not the Bus!

Gibblet 9/6/2016

“And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
-1 Kings 19:11-13 (ESV)

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
-Hebrews 3:7-11 (ESV)

“Be still, and know that I am God.I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
-Psalms 46:10 (ESV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
-Romans 8:1-11 (ESV)


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4 Responses to The Ticket

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Very reminiscent of the song “People Get Ready” (I have a version by Dame Petula). I’m also reminded of the comment I once read by a Christian — he believed there was a Hell because the Bible so said, but because he also believed in God’s mercy, he also believed it was now empty.

    • Gibblet says:

      Yes, Timothy, it reminded me of that song as well….and then the song was stuck in my head all day! (I’ve listened to the Eva Cassidy rendition).
      I believe God shows His mercy to us in many ways, not the least of which is His patience. But can a just God forgive those who refuse to repent? Wouldn’t He be contradicting Himself? That would make Him a GINO: god in name only (humor font). Except that the name of God is powerful in itself so………(suggested reading:Luke 16:19-31 as an example re the residency of Heaven and Hell)
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Rosalys says:

    I like this one, too, Gibblet. A lovely message from our lovely Savior!

    • Gibblet says:

      Thank you, Rosalys. When I wrote this, I had just finished reading, and was influenced by, the book that I recommended (in jest) to Brad a couple of weeks ago. It was written in the mid-1700’s I believe, and though translated from French and updated, no doubt, still had the old language and sentence structure that I really enjoy reading. Although, one of the lines in my poem I stole (borrowed?) from Tina Fey and changed slightly.

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