// crimson //

{written September 30th, 2014}

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This is dedicated to the courageous Christian children who have been martyred by ISIS, and to their families— and to all who have faced persecution for their beliefs.

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Take a stand for truth

And you will bleed crimson—

The fearful whispers echo through the town

Right into the ears of a young woman.

.

She is unafraid—

At least she tells her children so—

But remaining unafraid grows hard

When every day brings news of another friend lost.

.

She is watching, waiting

For the day the men come

To challenge her family—

And they will come, this much is certain.

.

She leaves the house only when necessary

And when she does she speaks to no one

And hurries back

Praying she’ll find her family safe.

.

Until the ball drops

And she opens her door

To find that the men have come

With guns at the ready.

.

They have invaded her home—

Twisted faces and half-crazed eyes

And home is no longer safe—

Her family no longer safe.

.

But the worst thing is

They do not look at her

Or her husband who stands firm—

No, they go directly to the children.

.

“Are you a Christian?”

Without hesitation, a courageous “Yes!”

And before the parents can protest

Shots are fired.

.

Innocent lives are lost—

A mother’s heart is shattered—

A father breaks down—

All because children refuse to deny their Jesus.

.

And on that day

As the woman meets a fate crueler than death—

Forced to watch her children martyred—

She sees crimson everywhere.

.

Why bother, the men ask—

Why be willing to die?

Little dreaming that these people, these children

Don’t have an ordinary faith.

.

Why give up your life?

Because of a Friday dark

And a wooden cross on Calvary—

A death that saved humanity.

.

On that fateful, glorious day,

The entire world turned crimson—

Yet we were given life

For true love is sacrificial—

.

And He is worth the sacrifice.

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