Rise Up America (A Prayer of Hope)

I wrote this poem this morning…it came to me as a song. I am not a musician, but what can I say…I just write what comes. God bless America. Thank you Lord, for this great country, for all the sacrifices and bloodshed it has endured. For all the hope it has shared, for the dreams, visions and hopes you Our Father have had for this adopted child.

Rise Up America (A Prayer of Hope)  

A child of hope

you always have been

from beginning you were

will be until end

*

How you have risen,

how far will you fall

before we see clearly

the sum of it all?

*

Great leaders have risen

within our great land

been shot down both by

words and weapon in hand.

*

Like Israel we cry

out for a King

as days long ago,

for glory to bring

*

You answer our cries,

our hopes turn to ashes

we settle for lies.

*

We wonder and wander

far from the truth

convinced we know better

than a God who can do

*

Miracles now as always He’s done

from earth’s first dawning

rising of Sun,

to stars sitting straight

up in the dark,

parting the Seas,

building an Ark…

*

throughout time an eternity

He is the One who reigns over

all things

Now we must rise up

with prayers, praises and songs-

*

Rise up, O Ye Nation

Rise up and be strong

Return to your first love,

Your hope and True King

Rise up America,

Of thee we sing,

rise up right NOW-

new hope to bring

*

Rise up America- hear me I say

Too many lives sacrificed

to throw it all away-

the dream, hope and vision

of America must stay,

Rise up America, do it today!

*

Regain your dignity

Lock arms as one,

rise up in unity-

second to none!

*

Rise up America

rise up on bended knee,

Cry out to the One

who hears all humanity.

*

Our hope is not in men, machines

or mighty things…

Our hope is found alone in the One

who is the King of Kings!

To Him be all Power, Honor, Glory and Strength.

©Dawn Paoletta

*Please share if this poem is an encouragement to you.

*****

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philipians 2: 1-11

(Scripture: Biblehub)

 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann
    Nov 17, 2015 @ 10:48:50

    Wonderful poem Dawn! Working on my church’s newsletter – may I use it?

    Reply

  2. ocjarman1
    Nov 17, 2015 @ 17:00:11

    This poem is stunningly beautiful–and so needed! Thank you, Dawn!

    Reply

  3. lynn__
    Nov 17, 2015 @ 20:34:11

    Rise up, O Church of Christ! Rise up, O men/women of God!

    Reply

  4. denise
    Nov 17, 2015 @ 21:31:22

    beyond beautiful

    Reply

  5. Stacy
    Nov 21, 2015 @ 08:29:10

    Perfect! This indeed what is missing.

    Reply

  6. Jody Thomae
    Nov 25, 2015 @ 14:16:22

    Yes!! Thank you for these powerful words. I see a song too — and almost nearly hear it in your words 🙂
    Peace, Jody

    Reply

  7. Barbara
    Jul 09, 2016 @ 20:21:20

    Beautiful Dawn!! So beautiful and timely! Thank you for re-sharing your poem!!

    Reply

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