Poem: Beautiful to Behold

(To Women Pastors and Pastor's Wives)

 

In the sight of man, as nurturer you are beheld,

Upon your shoulders, cares of house and home untold.

In your encircling arms, husband's love and peace,

Your soothing lips, children's cheer, a kiss on scraped knees.

 

In the sight of saints, as mother and sister you are beheld,

Upon your shoulders, they lean heavily and bold.

In your encircling arms, their mountains and hills depart,

Your soothing lips, your songs, kisses of cheer to their heart.

 

In the sight of God, as His Son's spouse you are beheld,

Upon your shoulders, cares of His house manifold.

In your encircling arms He deposits His love and peace,

On your soothing lips, His Words, kisses for souls He leaves.

 

In My sight, My sister as fair nourisher I behold,

Upon your shoulders, revealing Me to the sheep in the fold.

Your encircling arms release My attracting warmth and peace,

Your soothing lips, My soldiers' cheer, a kiss for bruised heels.

 

In My sight, My spouse, My lover, you are beautiful to behold,

Upon your shoulders, My betrothal robe of white and gold.

Your encircling arms ready to receive, now encircled by Mine,

Your soothing lips, dripped with honey, now covered by Mine.

In My sight, My spouse, My lover, you are beautiful to behold!

 

Dedicated to Merilee