Let Us Talk, Child

Find mending for the brokenness,

    That you hold inside;

Find cleansing for the guilt and shame

    That you try to hide.

Come, let us talk, child,

    Do not run in fear;

Rest in My loving arms,

    Let Me wipe away your tears.

I see you through and through,

    No need for your disguise;

Let My truth set your spirit free

    From sin and the devil’s lies.

O Come, precious child,

    I love you more than words can tell;

Let us talk and you will know

    My grace has made you well.

    Ours is a world filled with raging chaotic storms spun by fear, greed, pride, lust, dishonesty, and hate. Each of these are dangerous alone, but when these begin to mix one cannot predict the domino effect that will follow, or the damage that is going to be done. Like a butterfly effect, the activities that accompany the present and immediate can affect others elsewhere—even many years later!         

    Many of these storms we are caught in are by our own making, because each of us must deal with fear, greed, pride, lust, dishonesty, or hate in some form or capacity. And each of us are also caught in storms created by others. This is the reason there are many broken homes with alcoholism or various forms of abuse; why there are betrayals within relationships; why so many schools have become war zones; why so many of our cities experience perpetual, senseless violence and crime; etc. Indeed, our world is a tumultuous, cold, dark place.

    How many broken, wounded, and lonely persons are there who have parents or grandparents who taught them about the love and power of Jesus? How many once attended good churches where the love of Christ was displayed genuinely? Yet the glitter of the world dazzled them, and they could not resist the temptations of alcohol, drugs, immorality, etc. They mock the One they turned their backs on. As time continues to pass, they wallow in their guilt, shame, anger, pain, and sense of meaninglessness. Nevertheless, through all this, in all their hurting, Jesus calls out to them to come to Him. As He did with Jerusalem, He observes them from above, weeping, “O children, children, you who mock and mistreat my people who I send to you! How often would I have gathered each of you as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (see Luke 13:34).  

    The One who has the power to bid   them to walk on the raging waters, is also the One who has the authority to calm their storm (see Matt. 14:22-33).

    Child, where are you today? Jesus is inviting you to come to Him for cleansing, rest, and healing. He bids you to come and be warmed by the flames of His love. Are you responding to Him?

~ From, In the Eye of the Calm: Reflections and Poems on Faith, Hope, Love, & Life, by Geno Pyse, (c) 2019.