What You Seek

August 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm (Attitudes, Poetry, Worship) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I seek a remedy for pain

You only seek my greater gain
I look for breast to rest my face
You give me suffering’s embrace
What is my pain compared to Yours?
My splinters measured by Your thorns?

I seek to walk in comfort’s ways
You seek to teach my lips true praise
I cry because of aching bones
You wish I’d worship at Your throne
What are my tears to darkened stars?
My stitches measured by your scars?

I seek to shun my misery
You seek to teach me harmony
As You Yourself once learned to kneel
So You would have me, e’er You heal
What is my suffering to Your shame?
My aching measured by Your pain?

You do not seek that I would bear
A cross You will not also share
Nor do You seek to cruelly break
What You do not seek to remake
And any pain that leaves me torn
Is lesser then the weight You’ve borne.

This house of clay is not my home
But You teach patience through my bones
I face the fire You’d lead me through
And see the road emblazed by You.
Your suffering puts my pain to naught
This is the lesson You have taught
This is the outcome You have sought.

by Abigail Copyright 2005

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Prisoner Alert

December 4, 2009 at 1:15 am (Announcements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, we’ve been horrified by just how quickly our freedoms can be torn away. We’ve seen a smackling of persecution and we’re shocked. But ladies, persecution is a reality for Christians worldwide. Christ promised that, just as He was rejected, hated and even killed, so His followers would be rejected, hated and even killed. Ostracized. Marginalized. Relegated. Legislated. Sent like sheep to the slaughter for His sake.

So far, we have experienced basically nil. Regardless of rising anti-Christian sentiment in the U.S. it is still one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world. Across the globe, our brothers and sisters are suffering much worse things than negative press. Caught up in our lives of luxury and ease, it’s easy to forget our brothers and sisters who, along with Paul, are “filling up the sufferings of Christ.”

Soon, we may be joining them in a battle against the temptation to deny Christ. When the Voice of the Martyrs magazine arrived today, it featured a story of two young Iranian women, imprisoned for refusing to deny Christ—the head of the body in which we are all members. When one part of your body is wounded, the rest of your body rushes to its aid. We still have much freedom, and while we do, we should be reaching out to our suffering sisters. VOM is committed to uniting suffering Christians and those of us who are at ease. Through voluntary support they send needed supplies and literature into hostile areas—even seeking to evangelize Jihad terrorists. Recently, they’ve launched a great website to make it easy for you to offer encouragement, support and even plead with government officials for the release of Christian captives. Check out Prisoner Alert and see how you can help—from your safe home.

Ladies, many of you have time to do some web surfing. Many of you have time to write e-mails or catch up with friends on Facebook and Twitter—or even to meet new people online. Can’t you take the time to visit the site, read the stories of your suffering brothers and sisters and send them your love and Christ’s?

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” ~Hebrews 13:3

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