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Dual Citizens by Raymond A. Foss
Her sermon, speaking on justification
by the law, by grace
spoke of our dual citizenship,
our dual nature, dual heirs
with Abraham and
with those who went before us
into this land where we are free
free to practice religions of many colors
many shades, hues, beliefs
because others went into the unknown
believing that God would guide them
so we are sons and daughters of Abraham, of Israel
of David, of Mary, or Ruth, or Noah and Moses
But we are the children of the founding fathers,
brave founding mothers, daughters and sons
who came to this land as refugees, as immigrants,
as unwanted outcasts from the lands of their birth
saints and strangers, Pilgrims and Puritans,
Congregationalists, Methodists, Catholics,
Muslims and Jews, to name but a few
We are the children, the heirs of all of these
who went before us, the ones who
struggled under the law, those who by faith,
by grace are justified, as we are if we but ask
A legacy down through the ages
for all are children and heirs
Because God loves us
and Jesus saved us
We can accept or
reject the gift
but it is

June 24, 2007 14:03
Inspired by the sermon, “Justified by Faith”,
by the Reverend Lori Eldredge,
Wesley United Methodist Church,
Concord, NH
Galatians 2:15-21
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