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Coronavirus and Christ

A poem by John Piper


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My God, my King, my Emperor, My all-designing Engineer, My Rider through the skies, with roar And speed and help, my Charioteer,

My Judge, my Advocate, Release, My Doom Averted and my Ransom Met, My Execution and my Peace, My Friend, my willing Surrogate,

My wind-borne Life, my Health, my Death, My Door to Paradise, my Gain, My everlasting Lungs, my Breath, My final Thorn, my End of pain,

What must you give or take, my God, That we might live and never die, When we have died? What kiss or rod, My King, must your fierce love apply?

A thousand days and nights pain free? A hundred years with solvent banks? Touch down without a casualty— Again! How many giving thanks?

Or must it be catastrophe? A crash? A million rich made poor? A helpless child swept out to sea? A grief? A virus without cure?

Whatever, O my God, my King, Whatever you must give or take, Waste not, my Lord, this suffering, But come and shake this world awake.

And then, this sleep of death behind, Slay every dream that once enticed With emptiness. Light every mind To see, alive, the worth of Christ:

Our Life. Our Everlasting Health. Our endless Waterfall Of grace. Our faith’s Reward. Our Wealth. Our Pleasure Infinite. Our All.

—John Piper’s most recent book is Coronavirus and Christ


John Piper

John contributes commentary and other pastoral reflections to WORLD. He is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. John has authored more than 50 books, including Don't Waste Your Life. John resides in Minneapolis, Minn.

@JohnPiper

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