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Righteous Like Rain

[In one of the wettest Februarys in recent memory, a reflection on the book of Romans.]

In parched land, dry straits
Paul opens the floodgates

Israel finds the first spring
Come thou fount all nations sing

Faithful father Abraham’s kin
Not known by cut skin

His children find their start
As ones cut to the heart

Law condemns sin to death
Flame burns sucking breath

Drought and fire blacken lands
Black hearts, black feet, black hands

Adam’s blaze consumed all
Second Adam’s rain rights Fall

Washed clean from scab and ash
Scars healed as waters splash

In newness of life we gleam
Saturated in righteous steam

Unsoiled hearts do not wick
Water seeps deep and thick

Baptized with Christ we die
Raised in life to sin defy

Born of water, born of wind
Born no longer slave to sin

Spirit streams none can see
But moisture is reality

Outside the world may burn
Inside dew of Spirit churns

Water nourishes and grows
Hidden Spirit tempest blows

Liquid grace changes cognition
Law fulfilled in Christ’s mission

Grace showers never dry
Righteous rain God supplies

Until the end when we will reign
Forever wet no sin no stain


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