Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, in renewed courage:
“Do not be afraid of what they say…”
You know the old saying, Jesus:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words can never harm me.”
People have chanted that little ditty for years
but they lied.
That’s supposed to comfort me when people
call me names
find fault with me
lie about me
predict terrible things about my future.
I’m supposed to tell myself
“They’re just words.
They don’t hurt.”
But that isn’t true.
I’d rather be dragged into a dark alley and beaten
than have somebody I deeply love
say words of betrayal and permanent rejection to me.
It’s hard not to be afraid of people
who are good
at saying what’s bad.
But may I never allow that fear to make me
when You tell me to
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.