You told the Father you’d follow His will.
You accepted His Son without hesitancy.
You carried your cross even unto the gates of hell,
But the enemy did not prevail.
Tortured, battered, beheaded
For the sake of His name,
You have stood for righteousness
In a world where evil reigns.
You’ve demonstrated the cost of discipleship
By laying down your life.
Death was more honorable than saying,
“I forsake Jesus Christ.”
I hear your stories, and I weep for you.
How can humanity be so cruel?
Yet even with such malicious intent,
Your sacrifice is beautiful.
It is beautiful to the One who welcomes you home,
To Him who says, “I will avenge!”
It is beautiful to the Son who understands your pain,
To Him who calls you servant, child, and friend.
You have placed your feet on the Solid Rock
When all around you is quicksand.
Your resilience in the midst of adversity
Has challenged the Body to stand.
We will remember you
And your commitment to the King.
May we be willing to live like you,
Giving up everything.
This world is not our home.
It only reaps anger, hatred, and fear.
Our destination is eternity
Where the Lord heals every pain, wipes every tear.
To all of God’s people, stand firm and be ready
For the enemy shows no restraint.
But whatever the cost may be,
Let us stand strong with the persecuted and slain.
© Lauren Heiligenthal