Preparing Love's Eternal Dwelling Place

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 1

Love's Eternal Fire

Ashamed by the stench of my beggar soul,
Exposed in the purity of His light;
I beg Him to cleanse me; to make me whole:
To restore the clarity of my sight.

Shepherd takes pity on little lost lamb,
He stoops down to pluck me from my quagmire.
Trembling, I offer Him all that I am.
He holds me close to His heart's burning fire.

He burns off the rags of my selfishness,
Cleanses my wounds with the wine of His joy,
Heals all of them in His gentle kindness --
Clothing me in a Love none can destroy.

He stills my heart and my trembling soul;
He holds me near in a tender embrace.
His flame is kindled; engulfing me whole --
My emptiness filled with transforming grace.

I yearn to know Him as He truly is,
But the Bridegroom is veiled in mystery.
The purest joy found in His gentle bliss
Engenders a glimpse of eternity.

In that pure place, we will be as He is:
Enrobed in His Love and feasting on joy.
I will greet the King with a loyal kiss.
We will live in Love which none can destroy!

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18