Part 5: Chapter 1 – Day 4: Chosen

Welcome to Day 4 of Part 5‘s Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the fourth free will offering of goatskin (no outward attraction).

Chosen

A phantom pain
Still pierces
Gnawing my resolve
Though dead to sin
My past still calls me
Lie down in shame
To mocking tongues
Telling me I'm captive
To what's no more.

I shift and fidget
Nervously
I use my tongue
To defend myself
And those I love
Yes, I subdue
The phantom's pain
But only now behold
Not freedom's portion
But fear and shame
My lot becoming.

I've wrapped myself
In changing
Worth of man
Mocking
Never-changing
Perfect Love
In me.

But then
I see
The One
Who silent stood
So safe, secure
In His Father's love
He walked toward
The Cross
For me.

The One who
For the joy
Set before Him
Bore my sin
On a Cross
Esteeming not
Its shame
But declaring
In His surrender
The weight of glory:
That love
Conquers all.

Stripped naked
And there pierced
He chose to die
That I might not
Stay chained
To fear and shame
But tethered to
His love and mercy:
Go free.

So, I take up
My Cross
Dying to the old
To rise anew
To life everlasting
Joining Christ
In His death
And resurrection.

I look upon this King
All our sins
See covered pure
In grace's veil
He's borne our sin
And all our pain
Perfecting us
In weakness
That I might now
Walk free.

Yes! I am free
To clothe myself
In the Good News
Of the Cross
To run, unashamed
And unafraid
To boast in the grace
That sets us free
To die to sin
And live unto Christ.

So, I yield to love
In silent witness strong
The Word in me
Securing
My righteous path
Yielding me
To join Christ
In His death and
Resurrection
Set free.

To no longer walk
Away from this world
In seeking the living
Among the dead
But to follow Christ
Into the world
To be sanctified daily
In my Living Word
To recognize
Each one He's sent me
As not of this world
But His.

May I now become
Who Christ
Always created me
To be
His grace
Chosen from the womb
Into this aching world
To go
To immediately recognize
Jesus - our Messiah -
In the least of these.

May I now ever declare
In my own weakness boasting
Christ's Perfect Love
Conquers

All.

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