Friday, September 24, 2010

Unclean Spirits

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. Luke 4:31-37

Unclean Spirits

Deep within the hurting heart twisted
anger tries to seize hold digging
in, taking residence blocking
sunlight warmth and laughter.

Once a victim now abuser
rubs raw the wounds of vulnerable tearing
fragile new growth and replacing
green with thorns.

Hurt and sad turning into
darkness each heart pounds for
freedom healing release screaming
from the housetops aching
for the Savior's love.

None would be predators
if not for victim-hood
no wolves would lie concealed
within if hurt didn't swallow
up the sun.

Redemption on the horizon releasing
love where broken bones littered
the alleyway of our fears turning
into awe and surprise as the
beloved comes near.

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