Urban Voices

A place for emerging urban Christian poets to be heard

July 13, 2007

Why Not Me?

by Angela Shumpert Abrams

Choose me.
          Let me be Your lamb.
          Try me in Your fire.
          Show me who I am.
Choose me.
          Discipline my soul.
          Turn away my comforts.
          Break me 'til I'm whole.

Choose me.
          Tear down all my walls.
          Take away my loved ones.
          Let me stumble and fall.
Choose me.
          Slay my worldly sins.
          Test me with suffering.
          Train me to fight and win.

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About this week's author:

Angela says: I now live in Jackson as a homemaker with my husband and two children. I was always part of small communities before I came to Jackson. I was born in Northeast MS in a little community (Dorsey-Evergreen) of about 500-800 people. I knew each and every one of my neighbors, never really considered being neighbors to strangers. Urban living has been a new experience to me, one I've had to adapt to and learn to appreciate. The harmonious country sounds of crickets, dogs, and wind blowing through trees are replaced by the cacophonous, but no less musical, city sounds of cars, sirens, and airplanes. I have found that being connected with God keeps me connected with the people around me and keeps me from feeling isolated or indifferent. I reach to God when I need peace and comfort, which surround the issues that worry me and allow me to express those issues truthfully and ruthlessly.

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