Poetry from John and Betty Stam

john_betty_stam_mediumTestimonies like the life and martyrdom of John and Betty Stam have many ways of putting life into perspective.  What really matters in this life?  What am I doing that is of eternal significance today?  How is my life prioritized?  How important is “stuff” to me?  To what degree am I willing to sacrifice for the Lord’s sake?  How do I react when I am called upon to enter into the “fellowship of His sufferings”?

Here is a poem from John, followed by one from Betty.  Click here to read more about them.

Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Darkness—Light—O Heaven’s art?
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid?—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not—
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid?—of that? ~John Stam


Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes,
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all
Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt.
And work out They whole will in my life, at any cost,
Now and forever. ~Betty Stam


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