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Not a Curse but a Calling (Poem from “I Am Jane”)

Not a Curse but a Calling (Poem from “I Am Jane”) October 12, 2021

Not a Curse but a Calling

 

It’s not a curse but a gift to us,
The best path we could seek
A place where God can lift us
We kneel; our knees is weak

And when one of us is kneelin’,
We understand his fears.
We know what all us is feelin’
We cry each other’s tears.

That’s just what Jesus done
For all us human folk.
He agreed to come get born
To feel ever’ pain and poke.

So’s he could understand us,
What it is to be a slave.

So’s he could get beneath us
And push us outa the grave

Would you rather be the massa
Or the Roman with his whip?
Would you rather nail the Savior–
Put vinegar to his lip?

Or learn the lessons of sufferin’–
How we nothin’ without grace.
Jesus, He give us a callin’
He gifted us our race.

 

Copyright Margaret Blair Young, 2000

 

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