Mark 10:17–22

A look of love and tenderness,
an analysing view,
perceptively exposing need:
assessment wise and true.

With eager run, in hope of help,
this man came with his lack;
unconscious of the obstacle
that really held him back.

Christ saw his self-sufficiency,
his wealth’s security,
revealed the needed shift of trust, –
child-like simplicity.

The ruler didn’t remonstrate,
but turned away, aware, –
perceiving now the obstacle:
the cost he could not bear.

Would he return? that love has power
to help him to give in:
there can be no half-heartedness, –
trust Christ in everything.

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