For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

She pauses, are these her words too?
She thinks to Mary,
How did she do it?
How did she walk through the rumours,
the name calling, the rejection
She thinks to Joseph,
Humiliated, Confused, Heartbroken maybe
How did they do it
How did they walk through the shame

She pauses, could these be her words too?
She thinks of the Shepherds,
Outcasts from the start,
people who should have felt shame,
welcomed in by angelic song
She thinks to the baby,
a refuge of sorts, from the wrong end of town,
a King born in squalor. God made man
How did He do it,
Years later walk through the shame?

She pauses, may they be my words too
She thinks to herself
The times she has felt ashamed
of the choices and dreams of her heart
Walking in the waiting, feeling shame
Though often none have placed it on her
other than, her own mind.
She thinks to Him
Overcomer, Victorious One, Comforter
Shepherd, Friend
Help me walk out of the shame
Spirit bring Faith


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