Scenes of Kolkata – Hope Amid The Havoc

Scenes of Kolkata – Hope Amid The Havoc

In 2002 my wife and I were blessed to travel through Kolkata while on a Mission Trip.

After seeing the poverty, smelling the horrible stench, and feeling claustrophobic with the overcrowding, I became angry and bitter towards God.

But rather than God changing Kolkata, He changed my heart instead…


 
Scenes of Kolkata – Hope Amid The Havoc
 

fumes
they cling to the back of my throat
with no wind to blow them away
they wrap me like a thick winter coat
so, shallow I breathe
 
 

beep
the taxis clog all the streets
there seems to be no way to cross
and the buses have no empty seats
so, fast I run
 
 

staring
seems all that the locals achieve
a celebrity is in town
and that celebrity is me
so, embarrased I get
 
 

money
asks the girl who’s aged about five
but I have to get somewhere
I have trouble keeping myself alive
so, hard goes my heart
 
 

how,
God, could anyone live in this place?
with the disease, the heat and the homeless
with too many people, and not enough space?
so, answers I wait
 
‘child’,
He replies, ‘can’t you see?
they may live a journey away
but they still belong to Me’
so, ashamed I feel
 
 

Kolkata,
Christ felt your pain as you cried
but there is hope amid the havoc
because for your cause He died
so, for you I rejoice
 
 

© craig godfrey
12/03/2002

 

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