I laid in a bloody field
struck down by a weapon
I didn’t see
My mind and body had been attacked
in a battle to be free
Helpless and in silent fear
I watch the enemy raise his spear
He aimed for my heart to finish the job
his victory cry ring in my ear
The thrust was given with a smile
upon his twisted face
He danced and laughed
and was filled with joy
for he was now the Ace.
Who was this enemy that hated me
and why he was so angry,
I could not see?
Within the depths of my broken shell
a spark of life remained
I cried, oh God have pity on me
and wash away my stain!
And suddenly a man appeared
and picked me gently up
and life came in
as I ate his food and drank
from his own cup.
He clothed me with a royal robe
and placed a crown upon my head
From where I stood I saw a room
with golden lights that seem to spread
His eyes were darker than new wine
and He danced with joy and singing
His smile was warm and full of life
and now I knew this Man
had taken all my strife
And soon we were His glorious army
treading down the evil one
With power, might, and victory
given to us by God’s chosen Son.
The Spirit of God rose high
as we finally stood our ground
to show God’s love that was within
and it kept the devil bound.
But then, one day as we were busy
shining up our lamps,
a terrible man came to our camp
to steal our precious treasure
As he went throughout our midst
he brought tremendous pressure
Condemnation and judgment was his name
Killing, stealing and destroying was his game
I stood in fear and watched
unable to say a word
for he was huge and I was afraid of his sword.
Bewildered and confused
fighting desperatly for hours
I saw again that bloody field
Only this time it was ours
That Mighty Army that stood so tall
the one that Jesus owned
was now reduced to lifeless stones
because they missed the call.
The fighting that went on was over
Who was the best?
And I who wasn’t killed
was captured in the mess.
The freedom that I once walked in
seems only like a dream
Did we forget Love paid the price
and all the World’s redeemed?
We see the faults in others
but never in ourselves.
We shine our lights so bright
and put forgiveness on the shelf.
Forgiveness, righteousness, and holiness
Love has enough to last us through eternity
so stop trying to be so tough.
I look to God as my washer
not no waggling tongues
that tear me down
to shape me in the mold
they have become.
To judge each other with our standards
only brings discontentment.
Love came so that we may have love
The kind that brings redemption
So, now my Saints
please keep in mind
the Warriors we’ve knocked down
use your sword
but watch your aim
for it’s Love who wears
the Kingdom’s Crown.
~ Cindy Markovitch
The Bloody Battlefield