Releasing the Stranglehold

I wrote this poem upon hearing the news that many of the men reportedly involved in Boko Haram have been sentenced to prison for 10 years– while 2 of the men have life sentences. I hope you enjoy.


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Religion strangles.
And no,
I am not speaking of
Karl Marx’s ideology,
of the affirmation that faith is false.

No,
what I am speaking of
is the religion that commands,
“DO! DO! DO!
or else.”

Whether a muslim,
a scientologist,
or even your regular church-going Chrisian,
anyone who believes
that their good or bad deeds
decide their fate is decieved.

“Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it, white as snow.”
Do you believe this?

As I look at Boko Haram islamic terrorists
going to jail, going into physical bondage,
it becomes so real to me:
Trusting in Jesus
and
His work
is the only way to be free.

Not “doing,” but instead trusting.
the chains fall; the strangle no longer holds.
The Gospel, my friends,
is truth enough to break chains–
and as refreshing as our first breath
after those chains fall.

And now that you can breathe,
Rejoice.

© Annalee Hoover, 2019

 

For the Santa Fe Highschool Shooting (Poem & Prayer)

On May 18th, 2018, ten people were killed when a man roamed the hallways of Santa Fe Highschool with his father’s guns, as well as pipe bombs and other warlike weapons.

It is no secret that school violence, from the kidnapping of those like the Chibok girls, to the shootings of various schools all across America, is becoming more prevalent than ever before. The truth is, Christ said there would be “earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places,” before He came back.

That is not to say that it is Jesus’ fault. They are acting in a direction completely opposing Christ and all He stands for. Without Him, all of us are capable of such extreme evil.

This is gut-wrenching, and should never happen again. As Christ comes soon, so the pains of this world will get even worse… but that fact, does not cure the pain.

Knowing that Jesus is coming soon is an encouragement. More than anything, it is my desire to honor and love those affected by this shooting by praying for them. Because of this, I have written a poem, and at the end I added a short prayer for those hurt. Will you agree with me in prayer, and like this post if you are actively praying to Jesus on their behalf?

The poem starts below. ­ Continue reading