An Ordinary Woman
From A Carol's Christmas
ELLEN: Such a simple story, even a child could understand.
Yet Ive spent my whole life trying to know the child live like the man.
Such a simple message: Die to self and you will live.
Yet so many times I lack the strength to love, the heart to give.
Its so hard to love your enemies and turn the other cheek
When this rage within me tells me I should fight.
But instead I sit in silence; Im condemned for being weak.
Its so unfair. I have my rights.
Then I think about my Savior He had the right to crush us all.
Yet He chose instead to sacrifice himself, to heed the call.
Now Im called to join the battle as a soldier in the field.
But the weapons Ive been given are not made of sharpened steel.
Its a battle of the spirit, fought with prayer, faith and love.
Empowered with grace from God above.
Oh, God in heaven, take this ordinary life
And help me take a stand for something more.
Fill my heart with your compassion for those you came to save.
Turn this ordinary woman into a warrior of love.
Oh, God in heaven, take this ordinary soul
Fill it up to overflowing with your power.
And using your extraordinary grace,
Turn this ordinary woman into a warrior.
© 1996 Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA