The father of lies has specialized in disheartening messages. Will you believe them?


by J. Randal Matheny

Your life makes little difference on this planet;
Who notes the good you do, your sacrifices,
Your daily efforts for your friends and family?
If you disappeared, who would notice?

These venomous words the Evil One provides you,
They sound, in whispered darkness, true and weighty;
He’d have you quit, desist — at least, discouraged,
For what immense power lies in your goodness!

Your words of cheer, your righteous, stout example,
The greetings, concerned calls and fervent prayers,
Your steadfast faith, transform people forever;
Than you the devil knows no greater danger.

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