For the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

crownofthornsWe asked you to change the world but not to change us.

We hid from the wicked and hid our light under a basket.

We distracted ourselves avoiding sin and instead avoided you.

We handed you our sins but not our lives.

We cried out in the gate for our rights, but in our houses we rejected righteousness.

We shook our head at the wicked while we cultivated our sin.

We asked who our enemy is and not who our neighbor is.

We prayed for our sick, but not for those who hate you.

We have believed in you but have not believed you.

We learned our Bible but do not know your Word.

We prayed against them but not for them.

We shucked our crimes onto the cross but would not carry the shames of our world.

We built our churches but broke your temple.

We gained the world and lost our soul.

We wanted to be as Christ to the world but have not been as Christ before you.

We asked you for more when you called us to sacrifice.

We have built our bodies and strangled our souls.

We have broken our families.

We have dishonored our parents.

We have killed our children.

We worshiped our children.

We have raped.

We have given ourselves to others.

We have impoverished ourselves with our possessions.

We have labored in vain.

We cried “Peace! Peace!” when you cried “Repentance!”

We cried “War!” when you said, “Be still.”

We have called the sweet bitter and the bitter sweet.

We have admired and called it love.

We denied your power and called it humility.

We disobeyed you and called it grace.

We obeyed you and called it legalism.

We gnashed our teeth at you and you called us chosen.

We tried to steal your son’s glory and you called us children.

We declared you dead and you declared us righteous.

We broke Him and you called us whole.

We poured Him out and you called us full.

We failed you and you called us victors.

We robbed you and you called us heirs.

We mocked you and you called us friend.

We prostituted ourselves and you called us bride.

We sought to tip you from your throne and you called us to reign with you.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

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