The Graveyard

I come to the graveyard

Wandering among the black tombstones

The silence echoes amongst the ancient stones

As I search for my own name

 

I stare at the etched letters

Chiselled into the cold rock

My dark past lies beneath my feet

Locked in a cage of cold earth

 

My mind cannot help but wander

To a grave now long lost

A grave that could not hold its captive

Where life burst out like a fountain

 

I lay down my wreath of thorns

As tears stream down my face

His sacrifice means the old me will always stay dead

And my new life will never end

Reject the Lies

I am not worthless

I am not an outcast

I am not hopeless

I am not hated

 

Depart from me empty lies

No longer will I tolerate you

You try to degrade me, to bring me to my knees in shame

But I will not yield

I will stand strong in what Christ has done for me

 

My God will tear down the strongholds you have made

His Love will heal the scars you left

What you convinced me to hide, He will call back to the light

In His acceptance will I find peace

And I will revel in the truth about myself

 

I am holy

I am righteous

I am redeemed

I am restored

Walls of Water

This is an old piece of writing that I wrote several years back. I really like so I thought I would share it.


You are like walls of water, stretching to the heavens, towering to my left and to my right.The sheer mass of the water overwhelms me, tonnes upon tonnes of clear, glinting liquid piled on top of each other.

Surely all the oceans of the world would be just like a drop compared to these incredible pillars. If they fell I would be crushed and buried, lost to the unreachable depths. The force could crush mountains into pulp and bring their lofty peaks to the ground. I fall to my knees at the mercy of this terrifying God.

It is only then I realise that these mountains of water represent your incomprehensible love. Suddenly I am enveloped, swept out of my depths, as the water comes crashing down to embrace me. I am left swirling in the throes of your passion for me. I am intoxicated by the sweet fragrance that fills my nostrils. I am loved, accepted by you.

I look up and see the surface twinkling miles away. I could swim up for days and not reach the top. But instead I sink to the bottom, overawed, and let the currents of your love wash over me.

Land of the Free

I see a land

Just beyond the horizon

Where freedom is the song

And shame is a forgotten memory

Where we run free as the wind

Abandoned in joy

Unshackled from our chains

 

It is a land where there are no outcasts

None that are unloved

Where the barriers that divide us

Are torn down and rejected

All are welcomed into His circle

To burn radiant in His love

 

It is a land of mercy

The entrance fee paid for

Every feature shaped and carved

By the unstoppable force that is grace

A cost too high to imagine

A love too committed to back down

A joy that will last for eternity

 

I see a land

Just beyond the horizon

And with every day

With every act of kindness

It is drawing nearer

 

Worth

I saw no worth in me

Yet You gave up all You had for me

Hurtful words stuck to my forehead like labels

You spun Your loving words into a crown for me

You rebuilt the ruins of my self esteem

Into a castle, secure and steadfast

Though my heart was locked away

Guarded by tangles of barbed wire

You walked in and healed my deep hurts

You told me I was more

Than the mistakes I had made

You told me I was Yours and nothing could change that

The lies that bound me fell away

And I found my worth in You

You are Loved

I planned you

You are no accident or product of random chance

I took my time when I made you

And I did good

When I look at you, I am proud of you

I am proud to say you’re the product of my handiwork

I am pleased that when the world looks at you, they see a bit of me

I left no stone unturned when I made you

Every detail was thought through

Every gene on every chromosome

Every little quirk of your personality

And more than that I gave you a purpose

I planned out every day of your life in my book

My heart bursts with excitement at the potential that is in you

I can’t wait for the great things you will do through me

I will never hate you; I will never run out of patience with you

You are mine and I will never let you go

I will never reject you

The world may disown you but they never owned you in the first place

You are always mine

Cracked Pots

Shattered pieces

Shards of clay

Life has handled us roughly

The once smooth texture

Now riddled with a thousand cracks

 

Damaged goods

Too far gone

We slide to the back of the shelf

Hide ourselves behind the unbroken pots

And we give up on ourselves

 

But He doesn’t

He searches in the shadows

For those who hide

For those whose confidence has shattered

To bring restoration and to bring new hope

 

Cracks of shame

Filled with the clay of grace

Old scars of torment

Now our tale of redemption

We step forward

Back into the light