LIFE WANTS TO LIVE! First Spark is a sculture by Ronald Whitwam displayed in the 2011 Grand Rapids Art Prize, and the 2012 Grand Haven Art Walk.
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A Poem by Ronald Whitwam
"I AM the promise"

"Just look at you mankind!
How did you get yourselves into a mess like this?
You started out so perfectly clean to sing before the King.
Now you're covered with ugly filth, which has the power to cling.
You'll not get through the Kingdom gate looking like this,
nor stand before the King to sing your songs of bliss!"

"We are so sorry, I AM!
We ate what we were told not to eat and did what we were told not to do.
Now our songs are dead, as we sing to an evil stranger,
who has hold of us and over what we do.
We try everything we know to wrench ourselves away,
but we struggle in much pain to our dismay,
as the grip of the evil stranger feels ever tighter every day."

"Come to me little ones.
Step through this way I have made for you,
and I will do for you what you are powerless to do.
I will make you perfect and break this evil hold on you.
Then you can sing your songs again, you can sing with life anew.
This I will gladly do for any one of you,
that is, if this is what you choose to ask me to do."

"But how is this possible, I AM?
We are so utterly filthy and you are so perfectly clean.
Will not the filth come off from us and cling all over you?
Then how can you satisfy the King's perfection?
Then how can you escape the King's rejection?
Then who else can pass the King's inspection?
Then who's songs of bliss will they sing, throughout His Holy Kingdom?"

"Worry not little one.
Yes, all of your filth will leave from you and cover over me,
and The King will look away in disgust, away from my agony.
But the evil stranger has no power to attach his filth to me.
So come enter the Kingdom Gate as planned with me,
spotlessly clean to sing your songs of glee."

"How do you know, I AM, that this can be?
How can I know that this is true?"

"Because my little one, you see,
I AM The King, and I promise this to you."

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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