While I was not pleased with the sermon as a whole, I did think that the intro and conclusion worked OK. I dropped the Hindu poem at the beginning of the sermon. I felt that the Muslim poem really fit better with my Christian sermon. And the inclusion of two non-Christian poems seemed a bit much.
Instead I began with a reference to jealousy in the movie Spiderman 3 (Eddie Brock’s jealousy of Peter Parker and how his jealousy put him in a position to be attacked by the symbiote transforming him into the archrival Venom, which ultimately lead to his death). I wish that I had had a video clip, but settled on that intro way too late to do a clip. Using the Spiderman clip seemed more culturally relevant and more of an attention grabber than the Hindu poem.
When it came to ending the sermon, which is what I sought your advice on, I kept the poem, but introduced it this way:
While Islam gets many things wrong about God, Jesus and the Bible, one Muslim poet had a realistic perspective on Jealousy:
And most all of your sufferings
Are from believing
You know better than God….
While I was not overly pleased with the way that the sermon went, I had several strong positive responses to it, including one lady in tears over the jealousy with which she was currently struggling. So God can use even my struggles in crafting a sermon.
You can find the audio here. (They are doing a server change-over today at the church[Labor Day holiday in the US], so if the site is down, try again tomorrow)