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Stand

Stand

A Franciscan Blessing
May God bless you with discomfort,
At easy answers, half-truths,
And superficial relationships
So that you may live
Deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression,
And exploitation of people,
So that you may work for
Justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears,
To shed for those who suffer pain,
Rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand
To comfort them and
To turn their pain to joy
And may God bless you
With enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness
To all our children and the poor.
It seems like only a fool would pray the above benediction.  To ask to be burdened and broken hearted is countercultural, unheard of and quite frankly, ludicrous.  To run to pain and not away from it seems to be the modus operandi of most societies today.  But could you imagine if we were a body of Christians that longed to be burdened day in and day out for the least of these?
Could you imagine neighbors who, instead of looking straight past the man on the corner begging and pretending not to hear is plea, would stop and ask his name and hear him out?
Could you imagine a world of fools crying for the orphan and the widowed and putting their needs before our very own?
Could you imagine angry Christ-followers standing and fighting and crying out against injustices and on the behalf of those who have been silenced for centuries?
I can.  I can see it.  A lot of it is already here.  With more Christians standing in the gap for orphans and the enslaved.  We are not giving into lethargy any longer.  We are crying out, desperate for salvation, not for ourselves but for the ones hidden in the shadows being plagued by what they can’t see.
I see a rising up and my prayer is that in only gets bigger, louder, greater and stronger from here.  I pray that when the anger dulls and the fire fueling us begins to flicker, we state the above words yet again and allow our souls to be pushed farther and harder so we may continue to fight in the strength of Jesus for the brother who is addicted and the sister who is enslaved.
This isn’t far off, Christ-follower.  This isn’t impossible.  No More are the days where we live as wimpy Christians.  Our authority comes from the Most-High and we have every ability to walk in that authority as a delegate of Christ.
So please, if you dare, say the above benediction.  Say it with everything you have and mean it.  Be ready for what God will do.  Be ready to be moved and used in ways you never thought possible and a result of that will be a closer relationship with Christ than you every could have imagined.  When you draw close to the broken, you draw close to Jesus.
So come, Church, and stand.

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