A Poetic Affirmation of Returning

Tonight’s affirmation is a poem and a prayer. There are moments when word structures and formats cannot speak for me. In those times, I pour out my heart in poetic verse to catch my sighs and give them voice. I hope these words encourage you tonight.


Come away with me.
Here there is solace.
Here there is mending.
Find an oasis of unending grace.
Come away with me, and rest.
Return to me, my Beloved.

I have always loved you
with an unfailing love.
There is no distance between us.
The Cross has made a way.
Your acceptance of me is forever.
My acceptance of you is eternal.
Return to me, beloved, and be restored.

I fix my gaze upon the One who bore my sin and shame.
I hold steady the fire in His eyes that burns away every wicked thing.
I fall at His feet in surrender, for I know my heart has found its home.
In Christ alone, I am made whole.
In Christ alone, I am redeemed.
In Christ alone, I am made fully free.
This is grace.
This is love.

Come away with me. 
I hear Him whisper this sweet refrain. 
Running, running, running
I’ll come into the Holy Place.
At Your feet again I fall.
In humble praise and adoration of the God made flesh who came to save.
Return to me, Beloved.
My desire has always been for you.

He says
I will be your shelter.
I will be your Refuge.
Return to me you who are wrecked and fraught with life’s fragile breaking.
Here you will find peace from the storm.
Here you will find the balm of healing.
Your acceptance of me is forever.
My acceptance of you is eternal.
Return to me, beloved, and be restored.


This is day 14 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

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