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To Those in Darkness

Spirits crying in the darkness that
Salvation is at hand
Proclaiming to the captives
The day of the Lord

Songs in the night cause
Doors to open
Chains to fall off
Veils to tear down
Foundations to be shaken
And earthquakes

Prisoners are set free
And escape by
Staying put and
Singing along-
Where else to go?
There was the word of life
They could not save themselves

In death’s despair
One calls for enlightenment
Basin and towel
And he is baptized
With all his people

And the day is come
And the powers set loose
The prisoners no longer theirs
But they only go out
As citizens led by those
Captive to their prison

Save yourself
And one will be saved
Be saved by captivity
And lead others to salvation

~Acts 16

Kenneth O'Shaughnessy

Kenneth O'Shaughnessy

A Northerner by upbringing, Kenneth has lived in the South since his (first) college days. After returning to college, he began to do more than just dabble with writing, and has self-published a children's picture book, a middle-reader's book, and several collections of poetry. Baptized in the Roman Catholic church, raised in the fundamentalist Baptist church, and having spent time in the Reformed Baptist church, Kenneth settled down in the Eastern Orthodox church in 2006.

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