Multitasking as usual. Phone in hand. To do lists nearby half done. Stillness. Daybreak peering over my shoulder. Warm and inviting.
Like a whiny toddler tugging on the hem of my garment trying to get my attention when busy, I ignore the sun.
It’s morning. It’s quiet and for a fleeting moment…there’s peace.
The two mustn’t be confused. Peace is the absence of conflict while quiet can mask apathy.
I turn to see what my blinds conceal and see what the Son sees when He looks at me. His light. It washes over me.
Today is rare and beautiful. Unseen before, it feels amazing. I lift my phone to capture the sun but the lens is facing me…
I’ve never seen that before. At least not on my face. I snap one picture and the stripes of light from hairline to chin are bold yet silently speaking volumes like my eyes do every day.
So this is me
Hair in bun
Uneven skin tone
Bags under, holding dark circles accountable for sleepless nights gone by
Faint, slightly dry pink smile
Cushioned by deeply embedded
And brand new stripes…
Owning my imperfections as the sun
Overlays me with brush in hand
And kind broad strokes of light
Peeking through with a seal of empowerment
On my bare canvas
When did life without concealer and flaws on display become sooooo unattractive?
Symbolic of something that was surely meant to be hidden…
Used as leverage
Held for ransom
My new stripes interrupt my self absorbed rant with thoughts of you…
Good morning Beloved
I see your stripes
You are beautiful
You are handsome
You are strong
You are smart
You are needed
You have value
I speak words of life as a reminder that
You have outlasted
What tried to overtake you
I hereby crown you Survivor
So not only choose to live
Decide to thrive
A brand new day with brand new mercies
We don’t have to borrow anything from yesterday
Not even the air we breathe
It’s all new
Yes brand new
Liberated by dawn
Serenaded by daybreak
Owning our unique stripes
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