A Bruised Reed
The Runaway Girl
The judge looked down over his glasses and his look registered kindness and compassion
The waning flicker of my heart surged up a bit with the ignition of hope
"She does not look like the girl you are describing," he said
I stood before him, looking for mercy
I held in my arms my floppy eared stuffed animal
My only friend in a world that had gone mad
Under my long grey dress, two sizes two big that reached down to my ankles
Was a body covered with bruises and welts
Some scraps of blood had dried that no one had attempted to clean
My wounds were starting to swell and ache
However, these wounds were invisible to the judge
Invisible to anyone, it seemed
I looked up at the judge through large glasses that dominated my face
I had been charged with truancy which was a crime
I had run away from a woman wielding a mop
However I was silent about those wounds
I stood silently as a lamb before her shearers
My accuser stood beside me, and upon the judges' words
She released a tirade of accusations
Describing a girl I did not know to the judge
Finishing with the two words that would seal my fate
"Incorrigible and unmanageable"
The judge sighed and signed the form sending me to a place I did not want to go.
A place no one would wish to go.
The flame that was flickering dimly in my heart now became a smoldering wick.
/J.Smith from the book Outside The Gate
I have more questions than answers
I am just the storyteller
The Run Away Prophet
Elijah the prophet knew what it was to run. He too, was running from a woman
"And he was afraid and ran for his life." 1 Kings 19:3
"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree, and he requested for himself that he might die, and said
"It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers."
He lay down and slept under the juniper tree
And behold there was an angel touching him.
"And he said to him, "Arise, eat."
God of Mercy
On that day when I stood before that judge
On one side of me stood an accuser
However in that day I was one of God's kids
And the great accuser had already been cast down
Christ, who sits on the right hand of God
Had already made intercession for me
"Who shall bring a charge against God's elect?
It is Christ who died and sits on the right hand of God
Who makes intercession for us!
Although my life had been placed in danger by ruthless people
That did not see my wounds
The final word would be spoken in my life by God Himself
As the angels attended to Elijah
All throughout my life angels attended to me
Messengers from God who gave me energy and strength to carry on
When I did not know what love was
How to feel it and how to give it
God loved this kingdom kid.
Your love is like radiant diamonds
Bursting inside us we cannot contain
Your love will surely come find us
Like blazing wildfires singing your name
God of mercy, sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
These Hallelujahs be multiplied.
/Bear and Bo Rinehart