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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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