Indispensably Real

In this life,
passing and imperfect,
beauty lies marred
by broken promises,
and wallows in disguises.

She’s scarring souls
with mirrored shards
reflecting wounded smiles
and empty laughter,
while life has already drowned
in her shallowness and idle banter.

She prowls to allure
all who seek to befriend her
yet feels lost and most alone
staring at mirages–invisible;
screaming in silence–inaudible;
prating in vain–meaningless.

She’s lost her passion–
has left her peace without a shelter;
her hope is dull, her colors faded
and her accuser smiles behind his lies
of love for life and fear of death.

Yet in this life,
passing and imperfect,
God longs to redeem her
with tears and scars that heal
and blood that purifies.

True beauty is born
of God’s grace and sees not
what was or is but will yet be.

True beauty grows
at each evaporating tear,
where smiles in God of mercy sing.

True beauty shines
where doubt and darkness melt
and morning wakes His perfect grace
so that in this life, passing and imperfect,
God’s beauty may reflect in you.

God’s heartbeat moves
to a melody of calling you;
tilt your wary doubtful head
toward this chance of countless chances
and begin your days in Him.

Do not tarry!
Touch the bursting colors
of His endless waking sky
and come away from death
into the scent of brand new mornings
as it spills from God’s own cleansing wind.

Pour golden silence
over your endless prattle
and bid your limbs be still!
that you may hear His love
sung long before all life began;
lyrics of your truest beauty
as it was intended, all splendid
and indispensably real!

Petra O. Hefner



2 thoughts on “Indispensably Real

  1. I love the rhyme in that last verse. But, of course, the message is primary. And thank God that “with tears and scars that heal and blood that purifies”, we can offer our “passing and imperfect” selves to Him–no matter what the issues be. Beautiful poem and post!


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