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Not To Be Crucified
by J. Martine Bernabe
03/30/09
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So many days dear Lord, things appear for me, too great,
I feel like the good things in life have eluded me of late.
Helplessness enfolds me, there is no where safe to turn,
Great sickness of body and spirit threatens to a point that I begin to yearn.
Then I search real deep inside, and find that long ago stone
reminding that my burdens will only be heavy if I’m carrying them alone.

For you provide a harvest when there is a great drought; you provide rain in the form of a song, allowing me to sing when my throat is too parched to say a word. And you provide the words “Be still and Know….” in my heart, even when its beating is made too heavy by my anxiety.

So right now Lord, I ask for that spirit of brokenness,
I accept when I’m put on a course over which I have no control.
I Trust that the drought won’t be too much longer,
And the sounds of heartache and pain cease to sound like deep thunder.
I accept that upon my lips there is not enough praise,
and that it is now time I begin to lift my gaze.

I see something else too Lord, that you are always crucified:

Crucified when I’m bitter that I have no money in the bank
Crucified when I am jealous of not moving up in life’s rank
Crucified each time I ask, why me Lord
when I try, and fail to make it on my own accord.
Because they are of a different race, class or colour
I crucify you each time I refuse to love my brother.

So now Lord, let me take this moment, and express my longings to you
I yearn to express in plain words the things that I would like to do:

I want to raise you up by my words of thanks
Raise you up with the clapping of my hands,
Raise you up by opening up a door for someone who longs to have worries no more
I want to raise you up, in the early morning’s ray
And give you praise at the ending of each day
I long to seek your face in the trying times of life
And believe that with your strength I can overcome any strife.

Let me not crucify you now, I know that you came for just that
Because you love me so dear Lord, you allowed this gruesome act.
May I raise you in the light of day, giving thanks that you have cleared my debt
And may I not fail to remember that you have never failed me yet.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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