But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place — if you don’t turn from your sin! ~ Revelation 2:4-5, CJB
Let me never lose my first love to
Tepidness: zestless, powerless fidelity;
Hard-hearted unfaithfulness, like Hosea’s
Gomer, a wife of whoredoms;
Prophetically personify end-time apostasy.
Never find me as a counterfeit Christian, laodiceanish,
Dedicated not to Your sacred Will and
Sovereignty etched first in Decalogue’s four-tenths.
Now, consecrate me, El-Elyon; implant fleshly heart once stone;
Rejuvenate my love; make it Yours,
Faithful husband, Who loved me
With a royal-loyal love, first.
Now, seal me; clothed me with Holy Spirit’s fullness.
Draw Him from me; flood Him over me; bathe me in New Wine.
Intoxicate me as Pentecost’s apostles,
Keeping me drunk ‘til that mystery day
Dream dreamers, vision seers, kingdom dwellers, disappear,
~ from Montage of Poetic Imaginations (2003; edited)