In rags I stand before the gates of vast eternity.
I shudder as my empty hands hurl hell’s dread curse at me.
All of creation spews my name into the timeless maze
that holds all low and filthy things of every earthly age.
I shrink in shame before the glow of God’s great righteous realm.
My self-filled life accuses me. My sin now overwhelms.
Each thought, each searching, panicked quest that my mind tries to make
is helpless to escape the end, the terror of my fate.
The eyes of Heaven and of earth all sentence me to fear,
to weakness, and to nothingness. I know my time is near.
One last step more and I will be inside eternity,
and time will fade into the blaze of banished memory.
In tears I wilt upon my knees and cry out to the Lord.
“Oh, what a cursed fool I’ve been! Hell should be my reward!
I am unclean. I have no claim on Heaven’s favored rest,”
and lower, to the ground I fall and clutch my aching chest.
Then suddenly, dear Jesus stands! The Lord Himself before
this trembling heap of worthless earth that writhes upon the floor.
No words have I, as dumb I lie prostrate before the King,
and then I sense a tender Warmth. Oh, what a glorious thing!
Like flowing rivers warmed with sun, I feel a Heavenly glow,
I hear the King of Glory say, “Arise, be bold, and go!”
I do not understand these words, nor where the Voice now stands,
but as I open tear washed eyes, I look upon my hands.
They are not mine, but His instead. The scars are clear to see.
“Arise,” He once again commands as I stand to my feet.
But these feet too are pierced with scars belonging just to Him,
and then I realize that He has taken me within.
His Heart now beats within my breast. His mind is healing mine.
New eyes and ears replace the old with sights and sound sublime.
His melody now swells within this mouth that cursed before.
I stand amazed and purified, immersed within the Lord!
Oh, how can mortal words describe this oneness with the King?
How can mere utterance convey the True Life that He brings?
He walks me back into time’s realm and says, “There’s much to do.
This world awaits with souls now lost whose fate depends on you.”
The Lord speaks peace into my heart and says, “You must be bold.
Obey my Voice, and you will bring My sheep into My fold.
Think not of all that held you back from being one with Me.
A Holy boldness now I give. Go change eternity!”
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness
in the day of judgment: for as He is, so are we in this world."
I John 4:17 KJV
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