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).
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