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A THOUSAND MIDNIGHTS

We stand in the darkness of a thousand midnights
Troubled, perplexed, persecuted, cast down

For a time, the murderers and the tyrants and the shooters may overwhelm us
Seeming invincible as they steal the light.
And we stand in the darkness of a thousand midnights. 

But the night is far from spent.
The way of truth and life has always won.

When evil men plot, good men must plan.
When evil men burn, good men must build.
When evil men shout the words of evil, good men must pray the words of love.

Because we do not stand alone.
We stand as brothers
Death may work in us, but life works in Christ. 

We stand with the same faith that raised the Lord from His grave
The same grace that covers our own sins
And renews us day by day. 

Troubled, perplexed, persecuted, cast down
But not distressed, despaired, forsaken or destroyed.

There have always been tyrants, and murderers
And darkness as a thousand midnights.

They seem, for a moment, invincible.
Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Always. 

God will win.
Always.

 

I Corinthians 4:8-18
Mahatma Ghandi
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Romans 13: 12

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Cobourn

Linda Cobourn picked up a pencil when she was nine and hasn’t stopped writing since, but she never expected to write about adult autism and grief. When her husband died after a long illness, she began a remarkable journey of faith with her son, an adult with Asperger’s syndrome. The author of Tap Dancing in Church, Crazy: A Diary, and Scenes from a Quirky Life, she holds an MEd in Reading and an EdD in Literacy. Dr. Cobourn also writes for Aspirations, a newsletter for parents of autistic offspring. Her work in progress, tentatively titled Finding Dad: A Journey of Faith on the Autism Spectrum, chronicles her son’s unique grief journey. Dr Cobourn teaches English as a Second Language in Philadelphia and lives with her son and a fat cat named Butterscotch in Delaware County. She can be contacted on her blog, Quirky, and her Amazon author page. 

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