Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Sacrifice--A Poem

O Light of Grace
I lift my eyes--
The sacrifice
Lays on the altar stone
Alone
My timid heart 
With trepidation
Kneels before Your love

Remove my doubt
My clinging to
The things of dust
The clay
The heavy things
That weigh--
That weigh me down. 

I raise the knife
And flesh cries NO--

I go
Away and lay it down--the blade
Until my soul hangs heavy
Like a weight  around my neck
Regret will overcome me 
If I turn away 
From this stroke now. 

I place my heart--the dear thing-there upon the stone
The sacrifice lies still 
And in one final movement
Raise the knife and let it fall. 


My eyes are closed
My soul is stripped 
Of breath--

But when 
I tear these orbs away from darkness 
Into the expected sorrow 

I find there
Not the sacrifice I thought
But only grace sufficient
Hushing me with calm 
And offering the balm of hope



What was loss is gain
And in the dying ashes--life--
Not death--
But life
The Lamb of life--
Life fair
Looks back at me 
And laughs with joy. 







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16 comments:

  1. Bekki, I was so drawn into this beautifully poignant, transparent and powerful poem. I was convicted and encouraged.

    The Lord is working on me this week, and it pleased Him to use your post to continue in that working.

    Thank you for your obedience in sharing what's on your heart.

    Blessings sweet friend. I miss you so much!

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    1. Blessings to you too, Karen! I miss you so much also!!! :-)

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  2. "what was loss was gain" - to give up self for him - stirring rendering of what that is like.

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    1. Yes; that is really something to ponder!

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  3. My dear Rebekah, what a precious, precious poem. May I just second what Karen said. I was greatly blessed and encouraged by the words. Thank you for sharing, dear one.

    Have a joyous day! Hugs!

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    1. You're welcome, Stephanie! The Lord bless you as you honor Him! :-)

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  4. You're such a talented writer, Rebekah! God is using you for such great things :)

    God bless,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Edye, thank you for your encouragement; have a blessed week!

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  5. Your poem is both beautiful and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Rebekah!

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    1. Thank you, JES! I'm glad that I could share it; the Lord bless you!

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  6. "What was loss is gain." So true! Yet we struggle so hard sometimes to let go and lay it down, not realizing that God offers something so much better than we could even imagine!
    I love this poem! Keep up the good work! :)

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    1. That is exactly it, Ruth--such a struggle, but in the relinquishing we find our hands full of His grace and joy. The Lord bless you; thank you for your encouragement and insight.

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  7. This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with #LMMLinkup! Your words are inspiring! Blessings to you.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Gayl; blessings to you, also! :-)

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  8. Wow, this is such a beautiful poem! Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week!

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    1. You're welcome, Dawn; I'm glad that I could share it. Have a blessed week! :-)

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