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My journey of healing, regarding leadership abuse, began with the article, ‘My Beloved Child’. It helped me to understand that we are trapped within a vicious circle which finds us masking our pain with activities in the church; fancy phrases that divert others from our pain; elaborate titles and even fashion. I also realized that this vicious circle will not be broken until:
1.We look within ourselves, acknowledging our true position in Christ;
2.Recognize the pain that we’ve been travelling with; then
3.Seek the help we need so that we can move forward in our ministries and in our lives.
The poem that follows helped me to understand that change begins with me. I hope it will do the same for you. I have inserted intros to separate the different parts so it doesn’t have to be read as one long poem.
I went to church, Good people I met.
Good folks were my guide, Not the bible, I must confess.
Good deeds I’ve done – Always ready to do my best.
Mis-education, mis-conception, This I must lay to rest.
[Part 2—Heading for Destruction]
Missing Sunday service was a sin
So regularly, I attended church, Soon, a social club it became;
The devil showed up in church, I embraced him like a friend.
My eyes were blinded to the truth,
“Come boldly to the cross, Salvation is free”, the message I received.
[Part 3 – Recognising the Call]
No one explained: MUCH was required of me.
Meanwhile, souls are dying, But no one sees.
Time to unite and sort out this mess! “Dear Father, we need to hear from Thee.
©2007 Janice Ramkissoon Edited 8th April 2009
I started a song with a phrase that came into my spirit: ‘Dead man walking’. The more I repeated this phrase, the more the reality of it came home to me. There are many dead souls in our churches and some aren’t aware that they are dead. I asked God to use me to be of help in this department as it wasn’t long ago that I too was in this position. He gave me the inspiration for the above poem in 2007 which I shared with my Faithwriters family. I am now sharing it in the hope that a revival will begin in each dead or dying soul that pass this way. It is also here as a reminder for each of us to check-in with the Great Physician on a regular basis. At the time I got the phrase, I also imagined people operating in various leadership positions within the church, though they are spiritually dead. I pray this will start a revival within you.
God bless you on your journey. Keep reading God’s Word and growing in the knowledge of Christ.
Your sister in Christ,
Janice S Ramkissoon
3rd September 2012.
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