Friday, March 15, 2013

More than Conquerors

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-39

More than Conquerors

They dragged our people out
from their family tables
from the circles of prayer
from the church and from the garden
to take our homeland.

We had welcomed the starving
clothed and fed them
led them to safe shelter
and listened to their preachers.

We shared our ancient ways
and were rebuffed for ignorant
we took on the ways of the conquerors
and they took us from our homes.

We were educated and faithful
we sang hymns along the way
praying the Lord's prayer in Cherokee
as they beat us in their forts.

We are more than conquerors
for on the frozen soil we walked
Jesus walked with us too,one of us
bleeding and crying in our language.

We are more than survivors
more than a remnant museum specimen
more than greedy and short sighted
we have walked with God.

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