Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 15, 2015

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

A New Collection of Poems by Hanna Awwad

Book by Hanna Awwad

Hanna had told me the book was being written and published and has graciously sent me a copy. This is a book of poems from the heart of the action today; a collection of 50 poems about the people and events in the Middle East focused on Jerusalem.

Following is the Forward to the book.

“This collection of poems, “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness”, addresses the current wave of hatred in the light of the Bible and sheds light on terror incidents and victims.
Moreover, it is a journey to the Holy Land where you have a foretaste of its nature, environment, landscape and location being in the midst of nations, as in Ezekiel 5:5, which explains why Jesus centered His ministry in this country.
However, my assurance that my word will not be in vain is based on: Isaiah 55: 10-12, “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and make it bud and flourish, so is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I am sent.”
When John the Baptist was asked, who he was (John 1), he answered by saying: “I am the Voice Crying in the Wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord”. John came to prepare the way for Jesus. He is not the light, but he came to witness for the light.
In this time marked with fear, wars, divisions, turmoil, fall of values, instability and radicalism highlighted in the barbaric crimes that are committed by ISIS, BOKO Haram and other terrorist organizations against innocents, and in particular against the Christians and Yazidis of Iraq. In a time as such, the grace of God poured in us through the power of the Holy Spirit inspires us to continue what John the Baptist had started by preparing the hearts of people to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and also to witness for Jesus and the Gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Roman 1:16).”

I asked Hanna if I could include one of the poems and he told me I could include the following poem from the book.


In front of what happened on that bay,
what can I say?
no word can describe that horrible scene
of brutal slay,
no poem can express my passion
on that awful day,
no tear wipes my grief on seeing
a cut head on a tray.
In time of sword, no word uproots
this global decay,
that plays with lives of innocents,
as a doll made of clay.
It is the weevil of the world rotting
its bones from within.
It is a dagger in the side of humanity
sharper than a pin.
0, fellow Christian, when you were led
to death on shore,
in flesh you were sad, but in soul
you were joyful as before,
for you were on date with Jesus
who knocked on your door,
calling you to enter into His glory
to enjoy His odor-adore.
When you were given the option
either to convert or die,
you refused to convert when you said:
“on faith we will die”.
Your crimson blood, on the surface
of the sea, does cry,
calling us to lift up the name of Jesus
high in the sky.
A legend of martyrdom, a symbol
of sacrificial love,
a tune of faith, a song of peace
on the lips of a dove,
an icon of heroism, a great message
signed with blood:
‘for me to live is Christ
and to die is gain”, as Paul said.
Therefore, I decided to quit writing,
for it helps no more,
in front of what is happening
in this Third World War.

Hanna Awwad PhotoHanna Awwad

Published by
Taybeh Mission Church 2014 All rights reserved to the Author

P.O Box 51340, Jerusalem 91513, Israel Phone: 02-289 9305
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  1. Thank you David for this beautiful article about my book, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness. I appreciate your efforts to make my book known to your readers. I feel so bad about the misunderstanding last week. We are human being and make mistakes. I apologize again. But I assure you that you are my friend and a brother in Christ and I will remain so forever. May God richly bless you, bless your family and your ministry for the sake of the expansion His kingdom on earth.
    Yours in His service
    Hanna Awwad


  2. Incredible and sobering. Thank you for sharing this with us. Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem! Come quickly Lord!


  3. BTW David – what is the location of your blog landscape picture? It looks quite British :>) or perhaps Irish. Am I close? Or might it be on America’s Pacific coastline?


    • Melanie,

      I don’t know, it’s a stock picture from Word Press and its loveliness captivated my imagination; I enjoy it every time I see it. I’ll see if Word Press has any information on it and let you know. (Pause for research) I was unable to find any information on the location but the theme is called Ocean Mist and appears to have been very popular; you may find more on it here: this is the developers website.

      I just discovered something on the website, a clue:

      “This site and all the products available here are brought to you by Ed Merritt, a designer at Headscape, living in Bournemouth, on the south coast of the UK.”



  4. What a moving poem! Thank you for sharing, David.


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