In need of resuscitation,
I bring my indifferent heart to you.
Saturated with self,
Vanity has blocked arteries of acceptance
And drained chambers of gratitude.
Forgiveness is sorely needed here.
How is it that the God you reveal yourself to be:
Omnipotent, omniscient, and altogether independent,
With so much to lose,
Eased your grip on power, provision, and prestige,
And leapt from the safe bridge of eternity
To rescue mankind from hostile waters
Where we had no business swimming in the first place?
Your tenderhearted courage astounds.
Your selfless sense of urgency confounds.
Your passionate patience surrounds.
Anything we know of love
We learn from you,
As you swim us to safety
In this perilous river of existence.
Wake my heart to care, Savior God.
May your compassion break up the decay
That eats away at the conduits of grace
My life is designed to house.
May I meet the needs of others
And the demands of this day
With the generosity and unbridled joy
Of a liberated survivor
Who knows firsthand
The river’s scouring power
And the Savior’s safe embrace.
kpeterson May 21, 2013