Christianity, Family, Love, Poetry

Clean

I hid my shame in familiar places

and kept secrets with tight lips

–kept secrets with closed fists.

I longed to be pure, but the best I could do

was to clean the outside up,

— clean the outside of the cup.

 

His Word came in and washed me clean

His Love came down and covered me

All my doubts and fears have been swept away

I’m renewed and pure on this glorious day

 

You offered your love and asked for my hand

But I feared you’d finally know

–feared you’d want to let me go.

With each passing day you show me His grace

As you lead me in his truth

–you lead me in pursuit.

 

With His word you come and wash me clean

In His love you come and cover me

You sweep my fears and doubts away

And show me love in His glorious way.

 

Everyday my heart knows anew

The mercies of a rising sun

My sin and shame are washed away

Eclipsed by the grace of His Son

 

His Word came in and washed me clean

His Love came down and covered me

All my doubts and fears have been swept away

I’m renewed and pure on this glorious day

 

For my husband.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
(Ephesians 5:25-33 ESV)

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