Walking In The Light

So often, the way we see and understand our world is tainted by our own misconceptions and prejudices. Our hearts and our relationships with one another are burdened with the hardships caused by this misunderstanding. To live in truth is to let go of these misconceptions and to learn to accept ourselves and one another as we truly are. To see our present circumstances in this same light is to hold onto the cross in the light of truth.

"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matthew 6.22-23)

Cloaked Heart

The heart is cloaked in twisted truths
Of deception and self-defense;
Self-knowledge penetrates and sleuths
The thick layers of false pretense.

The cloak distorts what is perceived;
It sullies what is seen and heard.
The heart is darkened and deceived --
It leaves the soul dank and disturbed.

The heart that's exposed to the light
Will see itself in its true state;
It may turn humble and contrite,
Or choose to shirk all and berate.

The contrite heart is cleansed and healed;
The shroud of sin is slipped away.
The gentle rays of truth revealed
A heart reborn by light of day.

A clean conscience yields a clear sight;
The Lord is the truth and the light.

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'" (John 8.12)

Lord, may the Holy Spirit of truth penetrate the depths of my heart and expose all to the light, that I may truly see again and follow You, the light of my life. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2009