A poem by Anna Louise Smit 


I see him

Walk toward

The harm

I cannot stop.



I hear

His silenced cries

The lashes




And yet

I’m held

At bay

Kept far from him.



And now

Each time

I see Your children




Each time

Cruel lies are spoken

Lashes sent to steal, kill




I see

Him there

I hear

His silenced cries.



I see

The hand upturned

Keeping me

At bay.



And I wonder

Yet again

Is this Your mercy

Kept at bay?



Doubts and fears


And anger reap

My surrender foils.



But then

You touch my blinded eyes

In Spirit truth

Now open wide.



It’s then Your hand I see

In protection





You’re teaching me

To still

And know

You’re sovereign here.



You’re teaching me

Your holy Word

To hear

And heed.



Surrender’s gift

Is victory’s shout

Is prayer and praise

In incense rising strong.



It’s now Your Master Plan

I see and know

Your love from weakness

Powers forth.




From His stripes


From surrender’s

Dying gift.



For what is sent

To harm

You have always

Purposed good.



Everlasting life

In fullness


Ever forth.



Leaves for healing

Branches for our shelter

You are growing




A family


In Jesus




For by His stripes

We’re healed

In resurrection growing:






Hebrews 2:7-9 (NIV)

You made them a little[a] lower than the angels;
    you crowned them with glory and honor
    and put everything under their feet.”[b][c]

In putting everything under them,[d] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[e] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[f] But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.


2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 12 (ESV)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.


Romans 5:5 (ESV)

and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.


Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [a]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


1 John 2: 20 (NIV)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a]


2 Corinthians 3:17 (ESV)

Now the Lord[a] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


John 14: 16 (ESV)

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[a] to be with you forever,


Acts 1:8 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


Judges 7:15 (ESV)

As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”


Joshua 6: 2 – 5 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”


Isaiah 61 (ESV)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.[c]
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
    they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
    the devastations of many generations.

Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
    foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
but you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
    they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
    and in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;
    instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;
    they shall have everlasting joy.

For I the Lord love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrong;[d]
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
    and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
    and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
    that they are an offspring the Lordhas blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
    my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
    and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
    to sprout up before all the nations.



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