Words wound tightly around wounds from which our memories unwind,
Words said without thought,
Words leveled against enemies in haste,
Words full of truth but lacking in grace.
Words of the heart misshapen and leaving intentions mistaken,
Words written without love,
Words spat out to the world with hate,
Words that create scars and sap from us the power to create.
I was called to be a lighthouse,
a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.
But it seems in all of my bitterness,
I have chewed up more than I have bitten.
I am constantly smitten,
Overwhelmed with love for my fellow man.
At least that is what I say.
But is it love for others I hold close to my bound up heart,
Or is it love for the man staring back from the shattered mirror,
Love formed of well intentioned words my well intentioned mouth has torn apart?
Well if all my well-intentioned words have any merit,
Then call me elipsis,
I create sentences that sentence me,
Leave the posture of my heart in question and my good intentions fly amiss.
Because with all I have spoken there is more to be said,
Because my words need bring life, and raise the dead.
But all too often I have held back life-giving words
At the behest of the doubts swirling in my head.
Words, words, beautiful, wonderful, terrible words,
Ill-fated, broken, brutal, and wretched words.
Compassionate, lovely, graceful and healing words.
Words that sting and damaged, yet jubilant words.
We cannot say enough.
In a word, there is more to be said because of The Word.
That which came into the world that all my idle words may lay irrelevant in the face of the truth,
The final word.
The Word that says more in three words than I have in my entire life.
The Word who takes away all my empty words leveled in spite,
The Word who holds me close with blinding bright.
The immutable Word, the unshakable Word, The Christ.
So if there is more to be said,
Let my words be His.
If there is more to be spoken,
Let my life and speech revive.
If there is more to be said, let it be the three words that cost His life.
“It is finished.”
He is the Christ.