Church In Chains by Jessie Campbell
Like the constant pounding of the waves, so is My heart-beat towards you. Even, yes even in the darkest of hours, the bleakest of circumstances, the seemingly hopeless future… Yet I remember you. Yet I AM with you. Yet I, your Father indwell you, My habitation.
Though the sword be sharp and the whip tear, I have not forgotten you My children. You are a glory to those who have endured not as you. For you are My gleaming gem that only the pressure of extreme persecution can produce… a refined sturdy faith emboldened by the very death with which they threaten. You, a witness to even those, your persecutors, for you take their breath away by your immovable stance that Christ is Lord regardless of their threats, assaults, imprisonment or even death.
You are My fine jewel sparkling for all to see. The value of My Son shining in your very choice to stand fast. Oh how I adore you. Oh how you uplift your lesser brother who still finds comfort his mainstay. You, My darling have much to teach him and the world. For a faith tested to lasting endurance is a faith worthy of ME. And do not fret My child when you see the terror of their eyes, the fruit of their words, the horror of their actions, because remember this, they do not own your soul… that prize possession belongs solely to ME, the Maker of it.
So stand fast My fine gems, stand fast for the world is watching in awe. Your brethren are praying fervently and singing praise to Me for your unimaginable strength. And most importantly I, the One who planned you feel every strike upon your back, every curse heard to your ears and even the sword that cuts you down. For I too suffered unendurable agony, that you and even your enemies might one day be brothers. For you see no sacrifice in Christ is ever wasted… it always rises from the dead to sing of the eternal glory of the Cross and Him crucified.