Dear Beloved

Oh beloved,

Don’t you know that love comes from God alone?

You might feel happiness without him

But is it real joy?

Dear_Beloved

Sin wreaks havoc in our lives.

It tempts us,

It draws us in,

It is like the song of the siren who lures sailors to their death.

It sounds so beautiful.

So perfect.

So lovely.

But it only causes pain,

and such loneliness.

Despair.

Misery.

Shame.

Oh beloved,

Your shoulders slump and your head hangs low.

You know there is nothing you can do.

How can you repay those you have hurt?

Won’t good deeds make up for everything?

Will that be enough?

But even the best thing we can do is tainted with our sin.

Nothing you do on your own can repay

this sin.

But God,

The two most beautiful words in the Bible.

He sent his son,

He poured out his blood.

His perfect blood.

He had never once sinned.

He was the unblemished sacrifice.

He was

Crushed.

Beaten.

His body mutilated.

He died.

Oh beloved,

Don’t cry.

Don’t you know what happens next?

He rose from the tomb that held him for three days.

Through his spilled blood we can be forgiven.

He died so we might live,

This is what love looks like.

Oh darling,

I see how you weep,

I feel your pain.

You don’t believe that you could ever be forgiven

You are

Ashamed.

Hurting.

Aching.

My dear one,

You are closer to salvation than you know.

It is here you can find redemption.

Find him, my beloved.

Hear him calling you.

Open your heart.

Find the One who has loved you from the start.

So come.

For this is what love looks like.

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Christine Eaton is a student at Providence Christian College who loves stories and hopes to publish children’s books. Wearing flip-flops in December, frequenting the beach, and taking every opportunity to visit Disneyland, Christine relishes living in sunny Southern California. She can usually be found happily sipping tea, memorizing lines from the latest play she is a part of, caving into her addiction to chocolate, writing encouraging snail mail, or listening to music, which is usually something folky like Andrew Peterson or the Gray Havens, or some Broadway musical (and rarely anything landing between those two categories.) Art is one of her largest passions, and her walls are covered in her sketches and paintings. Christine yearns to use her skills to glorify God by illustrating and writing her own children’s books that will teach children more about Jesus. Some of her favorite authors include A.S. Peterson, Francine Rivers, Louisa May Alcott, and Andrew Peterson. She is so thankful for the opportunity to manage Kingdom Pen’s social media accounts and help out around the Kingdom wherever she can. From the encouragement, enthusiastic young Christian writers, and her fellow staff members, KP holds a huge place in her heart and she is excited about encouraging young writers to write well and glorify God through their writing.
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Comments

  1. Wow Christi, so amazing! I legit got shivers while reading it. 🙂

  2. Great job Christi!!!! Summed up why we look forward to Easter and it’s significant. Thank you for writing it!!! 😊

  3. Karen weaver says:

    I love it!!! Talented writer! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I FORGOT HOW GOOD THIS WAS!!! So much love for this and your budding talent as a poet! 😀 😀 😀 One of my favorite lines in this whole thing is the “but God” — it just has so much power. 😉 Keep writing, lovely little sister of mine! I am proud of you!

  5. This is so beautiful! I love how poetry like this touches my heart. It also inspires me to go write some poetry of my own… 😉

  6. Simply beautiful, Christi!! I love this so much! 😀

  7. Cindy Green says:

    “But God – the two most beautiful words in the Bible.” You put so many thoughts into words, and in such a beautiful way. It couldn’t possibly be more perfect. Thank you for writing, Christi 🙂

  8. Becky Chambers says:

    I LOVE THIS POEM!!! It so touching and beautiful. Amazing job with the poetry!! Keep rocking it girl!:D (I still love your adding of the siren;) Haha keep up the fantastic work!!!

    • 😀 Haha! You know me too well Becky, how could I not add that line? 😀 Thanks for reading and commenting. You know you could turn some of your song lyrics into beautiful poems, you should try it for fun sometime 😉 I hope to see some of your work on here soon. 😛

  9. I like this a lot, Christi. 🙂 Keep writing poetry, and thanks for sharing.

  10. My dear friend, this is simply beautiful. It touches ones heart and warms ones soul with hope! Great job 😉 and keep it up!

  11. This shows the HOPE of life in Christ so well. Great job. 🙂

  12. This poem is beautiful! 🙂 Love how you wove the wonder of the love of Christ–and hope in Him alone!

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