Listening to Lent — The Fire of Life

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Humble and Human, willing to bend You are
Fashioned of flesh and the fire of life, You are
Not too proud to wear our skin
To know this weary world we’re in
Humble, humble Jesus

Humble in sorrow, You gladly carried Your cross
Never refusing Your life to the weakest of us
Not too proud to bear our sin
To feel this brokenness we’re in
Humble, humble Jesus

We bow our knees
We must decrease
You must increase
We lift You high

Humble in greatness, born in the likeness of man
Name above all names, holding our world in Your hands
Not too proud to dwell with us, to live in us, to die for us
Humble, humble Jesus

We bow our knees
We must decrease
You must increase
We lift You high

We bow our knees
We must decrease
You must increase
We lift You high

We lift you high

Humble
You are humble
Make me humble like You
We lift You high
~Audrey Assad

To wear our skin
is to know our frailty
our bruises and callouses,
our sunburns and warts,
our spasming backs.
and toothaches.

To pulse within our hearts
is to know our temptation
for self-promotion,
knowing our desire
to fill our own emptiness
rather than love others first.

To inhabit our souls
you have humbled yourself
to pull together
our million broken pieces,
becoming the adhesive
to glue us back whole,
loving us by becoming us
as we crumbled to dust.

One thought on “Listening to Lent — The Fire of Life

  1. For me, Emily, this is a brief synthesis of the theology of the Incarnation and Jesus’ atoning, redemptive death on the Cross — He who willingly walked among us, becoming like us in all ways except sin. Your thoughts sent me back to Scripture to read the fourth {Suffering} Servant Song (Isaiah 52:13; 53 ). I will never read that section again without referring to your intimate descriptive comments, copy of which I have already placed in my bible and am sharing by e-mail with family and friends.

    Thank you — for you — and for your holy ministry.

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