The WordSmith | Published 2020/02/29

The Prayer Box

By Tom Kasprzak
How do we shine Gods love? When they look at us Do people see his face face? And learn of his Grace? When they look at us what do they see? Are we like a locked and lonely prayer box Out of reach forgotten Shabby in the co..


The Prayer Box

How do we shine Gods love?

When they look at us 

Do people see his face face?

And learn of his Grace?

When they look at us what do they see?

Are we like a locked and lonely prayer box

Out of reach forgotten

Shabby in the corner 

Are we like that lonely box?

Unnoticed

 Though our worn sign sais welcome 

There’s no access, no way to communicate 

There’s baggage piled on top

Where, prayers, hopes and dreams once lived inside

Then shared with others 

Now we’re empty.... a shadow of God’s original design

But who knows there might be still some prayers left to share

But we are attached unmovable, locked and there’s no key

We can’t even cry to God we’re so pent up, so out of touch

With ourselves, with our loved ones, with the wider world

We can’t see our sad and shabby state

The welcome sign is faded it’s falling off

With each day we fade with more baggage piled on top

A relic of a bygone era an object of scorn and ridicule 

Who will make us new?

Remove the baggage?

Break the lock and see inside?

So prayers will again be bought before God’s throne

Who can move us when we are stuck, attached to our traditions

Attached to the warmth of our comfortable life.

A mirror is what’s needed, the mirror that is Jesus Christ 

Only Jesus Christ he’ll break the lock remove the chains

Connect us to himself, shine a light in this dark and lonely place

Only Jesus can remove the baggage and throw it out never to be seen again

It’s only him who can fix the welcome sign and make it shine

Shine for all too see so we can reflect his love, his grace

So everyone we meet can see his face 

It’s only our redeemer who can detach us from our chains and put us in a different place

It’s him who comes makes all things new

He’s our hope 

Our light

Our all

Amen.

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