John Piper's Recent Poem: Ebola - Summer 2014
By John Piper, Desiring God Foundation - Desiringgod On August 6, 2014
Dr. Brantly is undergoing treatment at a Samaritan's Purse isolation center at ELWA Hospital.
Donald Trump has sent in recent days a series of panicky tweets. July 31: "Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days... KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!" Aug. 1: "Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S." Later on Aug. 1: "The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!"
In the tradition of early British and American journalists who composed news poems that were printed rapidly and sold on streets for a penny, John Piper composed a news poem inspired positively by the Samaritan's Purse workers and negatively by Donald Trump. -Marvin Olasky, World Magazine
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Today a thousand dead. And more To die. A common ache, like flu, Then nausea, a fever-soar, A hopeless clinic interview: "There's nothing we can do." The bleeding has no bias. These: A child, a chief, a friend, a nurse, Liberian, and Leonese, From Guinea, Texas, taste the curse - And kindness, from the Purse. Samaritans, six thousand miles From home and care, subdue their fears, And wonder if a sneeze defiles, Or if a healthy fluid clears The curse. Perhaps their tears.
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By John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation.