A prisoner’s song

OUR father Abraham travelled three days to sacrifice his son

From Philistia to the land of Moriah.

That place witnessed Abraham’s reward.

He had no regrets on his first day, no regrets on

the second day, and no regrets on the third day.

His determination was amazing.

The trip to Moriah was extraordinary.

God still has faithful followers,

Promise-keepers who stand firm on his Word.

The God of Abraham is faithful,

He is faithful enough to keep his word.

Christianity costs you your life but at the end, its outcome is victory.

Faithful servants who refused to be persuaded by the king’s reward

Resolved not to defile themselves with the king’s food.

Christianity costs you your life but at the end, its outcome is victory.

They looked better nourished than all

the other young men

And were able to stand before the kings.

Christianity costs you your life but at the end, its outcome is victory.

The beating of the Hebrews with the whip was awful.

The waves of the sea and the mighty wind

Crushed by the stone, suffering by day and by night;

Paul’s faithfulness was tested by a sword.

Christianity costs you your life but at the end, its outcome is victory.

The journey of Ruth was a hope where there was no hope;

A sacrifice was paid even for a despised tribe.

Although there was nothing promised for Ruth,

By faith she made her way towards Nazareth

And she entered into Jesus’ genealogy.

Christianity costs you your life but at the end, its outcome is victory.

By Helen Berhane

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #109 in 2014]

From Song of a Nightingale, copyright © by Helen Berhane 2009. Published by Authentic Media, Milton Keynes, U.K.
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