i will stand with you.
though you have fallen
you shall rise
and i will stand with you.

for our struggle is not against flesh and blood
(they come with bullets and bombs.
they come to slash and maim.
they come to silence.
but our struggle is not against flesh and blood.)

belt of truth,
breastplate of righteousness,
sandals of peace,
shield of faith,
helmet of salvation,
sword of the Spirit.

and we stand our ground.
though a thousand fall
we will not be shaken.
as they cut us down
so we will rise
again and again and again.

and we shall stand —
shoulder to shoulder,
hand in hand,
heart with heart.

i will stand with you.

 

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