My newest stoem (which I am currently seeking feedback on from my pastor-friends) went through multiple endings. This is one that I loved but didn’t quite meet the needs of my stoem. So I will post it here.
In Plato’s cave we watch the shadows on the wall; now we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face.
How long, oh Lord, how long?
How long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
Shall the sword devour forever?
How long, oh Lord, will you look on?
Oh faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you?
How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long must your servant endure? Return, oh Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
I know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself.
Behold, He is making all things new.
The Kingdom of God is among you, the former things will pass away.
Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.
The temple of His body.
The Greek pronoun is plural: Do you not know that y’all are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in y’all?
The Lord is in His Holy Temple,
and behold the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
You are no longer strangers and aliens.
and those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord.
The dwelling place of God is with Man.
And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, adorned as a bride adorned for her husband.
Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true.
The one who conquers will have this heritage.
You, through the abundance of my steadfast love, will enter my house.
To the thirsty, I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
death shall be no more.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
His word will not return void,
it will not return void,
we will be lead in peace,
and brought out with joy.
We have thought on your steadfast love, oh God, in the midst of your temple, the temple that is your body, that is us, your chosen people, that is your heaven on earth, a shadow of what is to come.
Come brother, come sister, come live with me in Heaven’s Shadow.