24 February 2011

Crushed to renewed

We walk as ones created to be perfect
through a world that suffers from the fall of our perfection
banging into one another
in ways intended or accidental
leaving bruises, cuts
wounds that leak bitterness, anger, fear.
Hearts once fresh, open and pliable
all at once, or little by little
become brittle, crushed, diminished.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven  Luke 6:37 NIV

Believing the words of the Son
we strive to be pleasing
to the Father
as we forgive
in all the feeble ways
our flesh allows.

We open again
our crumpled hearts
smooth out the creases
mend the holes, the torn places
yet wrinkles remain
memory triggers cast shadows.

Why do we hold on
trying and trying again
when He promises
in His great love
not patched up, beaten hearts
but scars forgotten
renewed by His Spirit
total restoration.

Take all this then, Lord
that I have attempted to fix
by my own hands
it leaves an empty space
You best know how to fill.


Jamming with Bonnie and talking about forgiveness as we conclude a month of unwrapping love

Stop by Emily's as we share imperfect words


jasonS said...

He does know how to fill in the emptiness and brokenness. I'm so glad. Thanks Karin.

JC Dude said...

Restoration is in the hands of the Father! Thanks Karin!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i like the image of uncrumpling our hearts...and yeah he can smooth out the wrinkles even...

Kati patrianoceu said...

What a great image, of the crumpled paper heart, to illustrate this important lesson!

emily wierenga said...

as we forgive
in all the feeble ways
our flesh allows.

i love the grace imbedded in this post... love it, friend. and you.

Sheryl said...

Beautiful words. Profound truth. Thanks.

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