John Piper's Recent Poem: Ebola - Summer 2014

By John Piper, Desiring God Foundation - Desiringgod On August 6, 2014

Samaritan's Purse

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

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.

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