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A response to Job and Joel 2:13

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I have relished the thought of watching the wicked face destruction.

I have comforted myself with the promise of judgment against evil.

I would have wanted Nineveh obliterated too.

“For your Name’s sake,” I would have prayed.

“Crush them and be glorified.”

But you don’t return wrath for repentance.

Not once have you refused an earnest plea

Or made sport of a humble confession.

I should know that by now,

For I have been Jonah and I have been Nineveh.

I have sneered at mercy from a lofty perch

And have danced in it on the filthy streets.

The poor in spirit are blessed indeed,

For you relent

And swing wide the doors of your kingdom.

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