You Are Beautiful

Lord,

Would you give me your eyes

to see the heart rather than the outward appearance,

turning the mirror first upon myself,

before I should judge.

Please show me your beauty,

bring revelation of your essence,

give shape, impressions, expressions, and feels

so my heart can touch and taste the beauty of your Spirit.

Wean me off of shiny, sparkly baubles,

distractions that confuse my senses

and dull my spirit

anchoring me to a temporal world

that’s dying and returning to dust.

Let me seek to radiate your beauty Lord

from the inside out,

rather than chase worldly standards

that mock and destroy your image in me.

Help me to delight in you alone,

inviting your presence

deep within me,

desiring to dwell with you in the Holy of holies,

above all else,

and cultivating a gentle, quiet spirit

beautiful to you,

that you would delight, treasure, and take pleasure in,

because you alone are my eternal, forever Bridegroom God.

I love you Lord.

Amen.

Your Voice Is Lovely

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Above all the clamor, the restless world

shoving, pressing, pushing, slicing voices

cutting me up into little pieces,

taking a fragment to make their whole

leaving me bereft, unboundaried, nowhere, lost,

my artificial walls shutting them out

isolating me against invisible them,

glass armor, too fragile to handle,

Above it all…

the sun still rises and the light still shines

touching me, even as words fall like black rain

you bring life into my glass menagerie

using the refuse, pressure and brokenness

and transforming by your wonder-working light

nurturing, committed, relentlessly loving

resuscitating and restoring my very DNA

to grow, blossom, and trumpet your glory

I’m joyful, thankful to be whole in your love

your voice cuts through all,

your Word speaks a better word

your Spirit and love brings life

I bless you my Redeemer, my God

Amen.