Before the morning, before the messages come, before the words swirl and work to define, we say, I am Yours.
Before we see ourselves with clouded eyes–just ten years old then, decades older now–and believe there is much to work on, to tweak and work out, to correct and improve, Your eyes behold us in our glory now, in our fullness, telling us,
You are beautiful. You are beautiful. You are lovely to see.
Before the messages come when we were so young, believing that what matters is what people see, what the world believes about us, how we perform, what we do, how each choice only measures up to matter if praise is given, tangible rewards received, You whisper,
I love you now, right now. My love cannot be earned.
Before the twisting of what is true tears our heart and we make choices that show we don’t believe, You see us unblemished, pure; we fall and You wash us clean.
Before our trying, and failing, to carry this life on our own strength, You remind us how on our own we can do nothing, that You are all we need. You offer Your breast to lean on and let us listen to Your heart singing,
You are My beauty, My girl, stay, this is your resting place.
Before doubts attempt to shadow hope, the stirrings become questions about whether our rising up, in Your name, matters, You whisper truth within us, turn the lies inside out and offer back the voice You always gave. You show us what cannot be quieted–this voice that will not be silent until You restore, heal, redeem.
Before the darkness falls and the weight feels heavy, You lift us, reminding us there is nothing we bear alone, there is only light in the end, there is only Your arms holding us. There is only You, in the beginning.
Praying for you, dear friends, as we begin this week together. How can we pray for you today? And how about this song (below), to kick off your week? The whole You Make Me Brave album goes on sale April 24. But if you can’t wait that long (like me), you can find it over here now. (Just sharing it ’cause it’s what I’m listening to this week, thanks so my dear sister and friend who shared “You Make Me Brave” with me on a day when I desperately needed the reminder.)