Mercy – Jemah Curtis
Warmed with a radiant fiery glow
A euphoric tingling seeping through to my core
An incandescent beacon
All pain diminished
The open flame licks at the singed edges of my life
Torn away and forgotten
Embers fly free into the endless night
Bringing light to all those who wander in darkness
I let go of the all-consuming guilt
Blinding light pierces the impenetrable black
My shackles unbound
Pulsing sparks wink against the sky
A trail of breadcrumbs
To my life left behind
I gaze into the mirror
Shattered and broken
No longer faced with the same dull reflection
A luminous smile lights up my face
Returning each lifeless shard
To its former glory
Not a scratch to mark the shameful past
Undeserving and unworthy
My burden is lifted.
To live in such a country
To carry our Bibles in hand
His gospel on our lips
Free to share with anyone who will
There are others out
Who are not so lucky
Unjust laws binding their hands
Why does it have to be?
I praise the
That I am not one of the 100 million
Christians being persecuted
For their Faith.
My brothers and sisters
Are in need
Their piercing cries
This matters to me
This matters to Him.
Every day the devoted
Are murdered unjustly for their unwavering
The world is blind. Oblivious
To the injustice committed worldwide
‘’Christian martyrs were a thing of the past. That doesn’t happen anymore.’’
‘’Like, as in those crazy religious people who died on the stake?’’
Like, as in the 105 000 steadfast Christians martyred
They are dying
At this very moment.
And what for?
A message of
Love. Forgiveness. Hope.
Times haven’t changed
The world hasn’t gotten any better
More Christians were
Martyred in the
Than in ALL other centuries
Don’t be racist.
Don’t be sexist.
Don’t be homophobic.
Don’t be prejudiced.
We are told.
In the long list of phobias
‘’Christians: The world’s most persecuted people’’
Jemah is in year 9 at Oxford Falls Grammar School.