by Catherine Stamper
I see the pain behind your eyes
Not fear or shame, exactly
Distrust and doubt as something tries
To pull you into its arms.
One part of you says “Stop, stay safe.”
“They’ll judge and treat you poorly.”
But stronger still is the urge to make
A step toward knowing peace.
You’ve been battered and bruised
By some who think they are better
And that you ought to be abused,
But not all of us see things this way.
I see a person with merit and worth
Imperfect, to be sure – just like me
But also loved by God even before birth
And that which God loves is beautiful.
Enter here, you’ll find cowards and cads
The uglies, goods, and bads,
But also love.
Enter here, and some will stare or smile
We are uncomfortable because we know
We’ve all needed grace for a while
But who can easily admit that?
Forgive our awkwardness and strange ways
We don’t always know what to do
Or the right thing to say
But we love you.
Enter here to learn about the bigger “it.”
About the message we gather to hear.
How God’s love and you are a perfect fit.
How you matter. To us, but more importantly, to Him.