Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beloved

You asked if I thought
there was such a thing
as an unforgivable sin. 
I know from experience
only the most deeply wounded
can believe that they cannot
be loved or forgiven.

I wish that you could see
yourself with God’s eyes.
To see the beauty and grace
in your soul.
To see the courage with which
you face the dark past
that carved trenches of pain
through the tender flesh
of your heart.

If you could see as God sees,
you would see the little girl
wanting love so deeply
that she lets her innocence be stolen
and her body be used
for some one else's pleasure.
And you would love her.
If you could see as God sees,
you would see the teenager
who, with nowhere else to turn,
traveled down a path of sharp edges
and broken dreams
that cut and sliced
so that blood ran as freely as tears
so that even now
she feels the pain of despair.
And you would love her.
If you could see as God sees,

you would see the mother
who sacrificed her health
and her body
to raise her children,
who went without food
so they could eat,
who rocked them,
soothed them and
finally set them free
as strong, brave women.
And you would love her.
If you could see as God sees,
you would see the woman
who is gentle and kind,
who laughs with her whole being,
who cries with others and holds their hands,
who tries to save the earth
and animals and people.
And you would love her.
If you could see as God sees,
you would see that
God cries with you,
aches with you,
and grieves with you.
If you could see as God sees,
you would see that God loves you,
forgives you and most of all
God does not want
his precious child to be in pain.
If you could see as God sees
you would see yourself forgiven,
whole and renewed,
beloved and healed.
And you would love you.

My prayer for you
is that you can one day see
with God’s eyes
and accept the healing and love
while letting go of the past.
And that you can see you
as God does,
every day,
every minute,
every second,
every breath
of your life.

Believe that you are beloved.

You will love you.

2 comments:

Jinx Blanding said...

Still makes me weep and miss you so much!

Anonymous said...

I still weep! I miss you deeply.