The following poem was written by my friend Greg Stier of "Dare to Share"
There’s a generation in crisis
Right before our very eyes.
Can you feel their secret pain?
Can you hear their silent cries?
Suicide and school shootings
Are now a common thing.
Death is right among us
And teens can feel its sting.
Some turn to social media
Being fed by just their feed.
Measuring their self-worth
By the lives that others lead.
Some turn to drugs and alcohol
And look for hope in highs.
But short-term satisfaction
Cannot stop their inner cries.
A handful turn to violence
They bully, they fight, they kill.
They take vengeance for their pain
And innocent blood is spilled.
We mourn the loss and make a plan.
We lock our schools down tight.
We hire guards and enact laws
We won’t go down without a fight!
But there is another enemy
Invisible to human eyes.
He whispers lies in tingling ears
And cheers when our teens die.
Satan's army is in the millions
And he has a plan to win.
Armed with empty promises
He destroys our teens with sin.
But now’s the time for us to fight
It’s not just through locks and laws.
It’s through prayer and the Gospel.
It’s through the power of God!
It’s by energizing every church
To mobilize their youth
To gospelize their schools
Until teens hear the truth
Until they hear the truth that Jesus
Died for them upon a cross.
Enduring ultimate grief and pain
He entered into human loss.
Until they hear the hope of Jesus
That he was raised up from the dead
So they too can be resurrected
From this life of sin and death.
So rise up church and be the church!
Let’s fight for these young lives!
Upon our knees we’ll call on God
And then we will arise!
We’ll rise to charge the gates of hell
To snatch teens from the flames!
We’ll fight the fight until it’s won!
And we’ll win in Jesus’ Name!
Dedicated to the victims and survivors of the most recent school shooting in Parkland,Florida.
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"