“Sorry to unload on you like that,” he said
“I’m glad you did,” I said,
“So many times we go through life,
carrying burdens, situations
not knowing who we can share it with
but not quite able to bear the burdens ourselves.
We lose sleep, become stressed
because we feel all alone.
Yes, we talk to God and that is a great place to start,
but we still fear the judgement of others.
It’s not until we tell another human being
and they meet us with open hearts and minds
that we can begin to lay our burden down-
or, rather, finally have someone
to carry that burden along
til the carrying is done.”
Democracy is scary
a thousand voices screaming out into the void
every time we trust the masses
we soon skulk back in fear
what if they’re wrong?
but when the pendulum swings the opposite direction
there is no worse fate:
closed hearts, closed minds
an iron fist clutching the intrepid heart of a teenage nation.
Lady Liberty, hold your torch high
shine the way for all to see
the glorious future that waits for
us who dare to let you lead.
“I couldn’t do that, people are watching”
It’s exactly because people are watching that we must do it
Do what is light and love and true
For if we do not, if we are silent,
we silence the Holy Spirit inside us
the voice, our Jiminy Cricket,
that instructs on all that is pure and good and holy.
Do it so that people will see,
for their sake and for yours,
a taste of something good
To permit myself to be ugly
is to permit myself to be beautiful
for if I do embrace my
flaws and failures
they will haunt me
in any attempt I make to be perfect and good
There will always that fear that they will see past
the foundation and the makeup
and see me as I really am,
but that is the point:
I want them to see that me
the PJs and cornchips
and say, I love you all the same
So I embrace that me
I invite you to do the same
to make a funny face
to embrace my contortions
and in doing that
become even more beautiful
than I ever have been before.
look upon my hands
and wash them clean
my eyes and set them ablaze
and shoot it upon into the sky
into the heavenly realms,
lock it away where no demon of hell
can touch it.
Now, I am yours
I am mighty in You
Teach me to do Thy will
It is the nature of God to reveal Himself
It is the nature of man to try to conceal Him
His fingerprint is everywhere,
in the rocks, trees, and air
Man covers the universe in concrete and steel,
he erects walls
while God builds bridges
Jesus Christ being the ultimate bridge
between holy God and His fallen children.
Man covers over the cross with outstretched hands,
claiming “I am god”
Yet the true God remains always before us,
waiting, inviting us in,
wanting us to experience Him
to the utmost.
As I study the Embody Project,
I notice a few commonalities:
the shedding of clothes
brings with it the shedding of judgements,
the shedding of hangups
about the body and others’ opinions of it.
When we get beyond all the layers,
we transcend the physical
Suddenly, everyone is prophetic,
It’s like we step into our true Edenic selves,
who walk with Jesus just like we used to
before our flesh knew shame.