Romans 5:1-5 (The Message)
I have heard the key turn
and the cell door unlock
Yet the prisoner remains within,
Ensnared by the familiarity of confinement,
Fearful of walking free.
I have seen the traveller
Linger in the gathering gloom of the valley
Long after light has dipped
Below the skyline,
Ignoring the glory of the sun
Resplendent on the hilltop above.
I have witnessed the bitterness of hatred,
The dreary grind of life-eroding resentment,
A diminishing of dreams, a withering of promise;
The call of mercy and forgiveness ignored.
Yet still you call us to the wide open spaces
Of grace and truth,
To the vast uncluttered landscape of liberty,
The regenerating brilliance of light,
Dancing, unrestrained, in this place of overwhelming love.
Photography by Rachael Smith