Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Courageous

How do I take courage
Face each day
With all these storms
Break the slaver’s chains

Courage is moving forward
Doing something
While others do nothing
Action over stillness

Outcomes unknown
But rewards assured
Tapped into your strength
A twig in your vine

Mysteries becoming less deep
As you reveal your heart
The blessings of friendship
And promises kept

We, your adopted children
Princesses and Princes are we
Called into your purposes
And you dress us for battle

Mercenaries we are not
But an army instead
Battles fought quietly
From our knees in prayer

Enemy brought low
In quiet acts of love
Selfless giving
From grateful hearts

Captives freed
The lost are found
Face to face
One relationship at a time

So I’ve thrown in my lot
Laid my sword at your feet
Accepted all you offer

And sworn my allegiance

The Sneak

It sneaks up from behind
Catches you unaware
Sometimes oblivious
You just don’t care

But when it catches you
When you’re caught in its wake
Fear rises from its slumber
And you tremble and shake

This is the moment
Is it fight or flight?
No time to think
Whether wrong or right

And so you act
Lean into the moment
Accept your vulnerability
And face the torment

And you may wonder
Who this monster might be
Of whom do I write?
And how come it frightens me?

Since you asked
With sincerity of heart
And in boldness too
I will answer for my part

This monster dwells
Not in the mountains
Nor in the deepest ocean
In its dark and unseen fountains

Instead it lives close by
Nearer than your dearest one
Leaps from the unlikeliest place
And from it we cannot run

Can you venture a guess?
Have I given no clue?
Are you ready to give in
Truly, have I stumped you?

Forgive me my vagueness
And my cryptic manner
I am nearer to my reveal
And to surrender’s banner

I speak of a monster
And for it I’m not to blame
It’s forced upon me by others

And its name my friend is “Shame”