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Coronavirus and Christ

A poem by John Piper

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


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  • DH
    Posted: Sat, 06/27/2020 09:01 am

    good morning


    I was recently listening to the podcast featuring john piper and they mentioned that I could receive the book on Corona virus  as an audio _ I cannot seem to find it on your site - can you please direct me to the correct location for the download.




    HE is the VICTORY

    David Hopkins

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Sat, 06/27/2020 11:20 am

    You can download the free audiobook here.