He hisses in the ugliest of tones. He is the enemy of our souls, that fallen angel who now presides over the darkest abyss. He wants nothing more than to pull us back to our ugliest days, our most traumatic nights, to define us by our greatest sins, most sickening shames, and the encompassing addictions that menacingly threaten to pull us right over the edge. All the bone-headed choices, the patterns of the sins of the fathers, every wayward thought and poorly conceived decision. The anxieties and the fears that grab hold tight, that endlessly taunt and keep us stuck in time.
The lies. The lies.
Finally exhausted and more than done with it all, we come to the end of ourselves and say, 'no more. No way.'
We choose to join hearts with God and His people. We say 'yes' to His beautifully bountiful invitation, gazing squarely into the radiant mirror of His love where we see our true redeemed nature. We discover that yes, we are beautiful in the eyes of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. That we are now cleansed and empowered by His grace and majesty, held in His arms, safely and securely. Defined by His lovely image and His perfect design, we can begin to soar high. Because of who He is, we are glorious, radiant, spotless.
Saved, redeemed, transformed.
Beautiful, holy, righteous we are. We've been reclaimed. Remade.