Friday, March 21, 2014

Your Eyes

Photo credit:  Akiane Kramarik

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.  (Hebrews 6:19-20)

Your glorious eyes are fixed upon me.

They reflect emerald hues of the sea,

Beckoning me forward-- to step out.

Hope feels dangerous and scary now

As my feet plunge into fierce, choppy water,

I am chained to you like an anchor.

It seems risky-- like I may sink and drown,

As tentacles wrap and try to pull me down

Into the dark, bottomless abyss.

You say step forward, I was made for this.

You have set me apart, I can't be taken.

Evil's grip will always be shaken.

Securely attached to you, I will cling.

Like the unthawing ground of spring

And the unraveling of scented bud,

I am made new by the spilling of your blood.

When my heart's rubbed raw and evil seems to win

Your eyes challenge me to rise and battle again.

You remind me it's all done,

You have conquered and won.

Darkness saturated by light

Like amber glow bursting through night.

Your eyes, piercing and tender, hold mystery and passion.

They are fixed on me-- your treasured possession.

Your eyes give faith to the fearful, compassion to the broken.

They gleam glory and strength, joy and perfection.

Your eyes hold promise in the furnace where I am placed.

It is all used-- nothing goes to waste.

Merciful Savior, hear my cries.

Keep me forever fixed on your eyes.

He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:10) that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

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