#All. These. Lessons.

(Day 12’s NaPoWriMo prompt was an index poem. Today’s poem is based, in reverse alphabetical order, on 26 entries in the “Topical Concordance” of the Holman Christian Standard Bible … with a bit of creative punctuation.)

Zeal #is sometimes wrongly directed.
Youth #should be an example
#with a new song! #with dance!
Works #will not save them,
(or even, what,
Vegetarianism? #tolerance for?
or whatever goes, these days)

because, teacher,
your Unbelief? #it questions
Truth, #which leaders should be men & women of
(or how else #to teach?)

Singing #commanded!
Racism #rejected!
#since all are from one!
Peace #takes the place of worry.
Oaths #permitted; Oaths #rash;
but a Name #is important, really important;
#important that it be good.

so teach them!
Murder, #hatred is, Murder #God despises,
Murder #should be punished – but #by death?
I don’t know…
for how then does
Love #fulfill the law? #mark the child?

if Knowledge #is the goal,
is it #needed to guide Zeal?
teacher, hit all the big points:
Joy #is the answer,
Joy #is found despite difficulties,
and Integrity #is required
(do they even teach that anymore?)
Hope? #be ready to give your reason for…
Grace, #not to be abused,
and Faith? #all things done in,
#a gift, but #necessary,
#proof of things you have not seen.

Education #of Children
#from nature,
#from experience
#all to be done for;
their Doubt, #seeking help in
Children #are gifts
#to be taught
#to learn honor
Children #should be treated
with respect.

so, teacher, show them
that Belief #is healing
#makes all things possible,

but Appearance,
#not to judge, for
Appearance
#can be
#deceiving.

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