We know that all things work together for good* for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.* And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.* Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced 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 8:23-30
Today a big airplane across an ocean
feeling like a small child in a big arena
Sitting over ice and shivering in the heat
we are more than our limits or our fears.
I see their faces wherever I go
my bright beautiful shining daughters
they always remind me that despite it all
we are more than those who would crush us.
No one understands the burden we bear
our smiles hide the hurt and violent ignorance
that has long shadowed us and our people
and yet we rise to say we are even more than.
The Creator breathes breath into our hearts
and teaches us the rythym of the sweet earth
we are made of stars and the prairie grasses
formed of clay and sand and more.
The heart of God beats with us and within
we are never alone in the city or forest
they sing those who have gone before
remember that you are more.