Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Prayer for the 21st Century Church

by Jim Rapp

It has never been easy to “be the Church”;
to be “His witnesses” in Jerusalem,
Judea, Samaria, and the whole world.

Those earliest followers, caught in the lurch,
preferring to obey God rather than men,
became the first believers to be laurelled.

But not the last; two millennia of blood
has sprinkled the altars of our Most High God;
precious in His sight is ev’ry shining drop.

Oh God, grant that we, like they, should not wince but
stand firm before the threat of the tyrant’s rod
knowing, from a martyr’s blood, you raise a crop.

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