Arms Outstretched

Our youngest daughter’s Easter gift for you: the Easter cookie she baked & decorated with me.
Arms Outstretched 

Tears, He wept
Upon His Cross
For us
His Body broken
His whole
To gift
Arms stretched wide
Nails they pierced
His perfect Love
To flow.

His heart
It weeps
Even still
Even now
As we turn away
Longings, we have
Buried deep.

His tears
They fall
Even here
Even now
As our heart
Now heaves in pain
To hide and flee.

His hand
It calls
His whisper
Speaks
I know
I understand
I see
Never once
My heart
Of flesh
Has turned away.

No pain
Too deep
No shame
Too great
No sin
Too dark
My hand
And heart
From yours
Will ever tear.

Word
Made flesh
I felt
I heard
I saw
My children
Before My eyes
And wept for you.

The weary
The shunned
And striving to survive
The shamed
The grieved
And pained
I've come for
ALL of you
Your hand
To clasp and hold.

Truth
My guiding hand
My Spirit Life
Your broken all
Completed whole
I call
My arms
Your all
Embrace.

Tears
I cup
Face
I lift
Hands
I hold
The Son of God
In you
I breathe.

Perfect Pure
For striving fear
Father's arms
For pierced of heart
Lips of life
For tombed in shrouded pain
My all
Your shattered
Whole shall breathe.

Be not afraid
Hide not now
Behind those clefts
Your fears
Sin and grief
But come
Beloved, come
Just as you are.

I see
I know
I understand
Not one single piece
My Cross withheld
You're spoken free
My blood has rent
The curtain of divide
To usher you in.

Look
Turn those eyes to me
Flail as a child
Shout your
Why My Lord, Oh why?!
Be real with Me

And see Me
Come
Your broken heart
To hold
Your flailing arms and legs
Embrace
To hold you
Till your tears
Release.

Be not afraid
I've come
For you
Not just in part
But whole
Each shard of piercèd
And crying
No more!

Be
Not afraid
No heart
Numbed to stone
No hidden
Pain and fear
My hand
From you
Withholds.

Never once
Have I
My heart
Nor hand
Withheld
Open now
Your eyes
And see:

I'm standing
Here
My arms
Outstretched
For
You.
Our eldest daughter’s Easter gift for you.

2 Comments

  1. Oh these are such beautiful gifts, dear Anna! Thank you for sharing your precious poem, and thank your girls for sharing their gifts too! I am so blessed by all your giving, that lift my eyes to see His love, His outstretched arms. Love and hugs to all of you!

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