Can You See It?

Can you see It,
the light that shines
from the pages of his book?
It waits for your attention.
Your eyes are open
but you are looking in
at your sin.

Can you see It,
the shadow that sweeps
across the grave on your hill?
It waits for your everything.
Your eyes are open
but are you looking in
at past sin.

Can you see It,
the lie that polishes
the isles of your iniquities?
It waits for fresh approval.
Your eyes are open
but you are looking in
at more sin.

Can you see It
the old man’s back
laden with burning burdens?
It waits for your explanation.
Your eyes are open
but you are looking in
at every sin.

Can you see It,
the twig that sails
along the rills of the river?
It waits for fresh fruit in vain.
Your eyes are open
but you are looking in
at only sin.

Can you not see It,
the truth that reveals
God’s absolute forgiveness?
He died that we might live!
Your eyes are closed
but you are looking out
at the Cross!

Petra O. Hefner

Scripture

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16 thoughts on “Can You See It?

  1. You’re very talented and I really enjoyed these thoughts today. Have you ever heard the song It is Finished? It’s old-the Gaithers sang it back in the 70’s but the words are powerful. It came to mind as I was reading this post today. It builds to an amazing finish and the words tell a beautiful story. Have a great day!

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  2. This ones interesting. Always the eyes are open until the last verse when eyes are closed, and only then do they see the cross at Calvary. Is this a reference to denial or to seeing God in death?

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  3. If I had not been at such a public place, Caribou Coffee, I wanted to jump up on my chair and shout, Alleluia!

    Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

    Amen.

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  4. So beautiful, Petra! And I heartily echo that Ink Slinger’s words. He has some way with them. :)

    We just read a most wonderful writing from Ryle regarding the crucifixion and the glory it brought to the Father and the Son and the inadequacy of mere sculptures and paintings to depict “the length and breadth and depth and height of the work transacted on the cross…”

    Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Love you so much!!

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