"I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me," (Gal 2:20, King James Version).                                                               

 

                                                                                                                                                         

The Christian life is full of contrasts. One such contrast that has always particularly fascinated me is how we are to surrender ourselves to God's will and yet, God never asks us to lose our identity. In fact, it is in Jesus that our real identity, our full potential, and our true personality can grow best. As a unique child of God, in Jesus we break free from our bondage. Through Jesus, we receive the strength to work on our character flaws. What we humanly cannot do, God can and will do in us if we just work alongside Him as we also let Him work in us.

This poem arose from these musings, and from the classical stained glass windows of the ancient cathedrals of the Old World.

Glass window

by

Yseult Brun

Lord shine through me
Purify me; mold me into Jesus' likeness.
Even better, make me
Still and peaceful as the air in a cathedral
Letting Your light shine
Through me
For others to see
You.

Let me be docile, obedient and radiant
Refine me, make me transparent
As that glass window.
Do Your work in me that I cannot do
Letting Your light shine
Through me
For others to see
You.

Let me disappear in that light, O Lord,
Becoming always closer and
More united with You
Each day my self joyfully surrendering to You even more
Letting Your light shine
Through me
For others to see
You.