Jesus said, "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Matthew 10:16-22
The days of sweet summer are gone
and the light resists coming our way
the selfish and violent take the upper hand
we are feeling vulnerable and ashamed.
We have been used like pawns on a board
moved by the wealthy and the mighty hands
they view us as leverage and disposable chattel
we are the children of loving Creator.
Formed by hands of love and purpose
set apart to carry Good news through our work
we have been sidelined and abused for the moment
but God is with us, the broken and despised still.
The fearful strong will burn the trail with heat
and in the twilight their fury will burn away
they will fall, stumbling into empty arms
wanting their slaves to save their lives.
We are the offspring of love and justice
we will wait for the Spirit to rattle our bones
we will sing the songs of hope and freesom
even when we are held in chains.
This race is not finished and there are miles to go
the spring and summer will surely return
our ancestors are holding arms o0pen wide
singing and cheering us on as we sleep.