I remember back when I was a child, at Christmas time we'd decorate the windowpanes. Back then there were no plastic decals, or fancy spray-on snow - but we did have a can of Glass Wax on hand which did just what we wanted it to do. We'd spread on the liquid, which was normally to clean the windows, but instead of just wiping it all off, once it dried to a nice frosty white, we'd draw pictures with our fingers to celebrate the season, each pane a new picture, drawn just right.
On one would be a snowflake, on another a snowman round, then stars and candy canes, whatever we liked, our pictures came to life one by one. When the window was done, it was so pretty to see, a quilt of Christmas thoughts that we could look through and wish for our dreams that we hoped we would find Christmas morning under the tree.
Before I met you, my life was like that, a window glazed over, opaque - I'd spread that glaze to hide behind, a wall of safety it would be. It soon was clear that safety it might be, but a prison it also became, for as long as I hid there, I could not move ahead, could not risk, there was no hope, for my safety I'd given up being free.
When Jesus came into my life, into my gloom and dark, He had a soft cloth of forgiveness in His hand, and He gently wiped each pane free of glaze, clearing away the sin and shame, and let His light shine right through me. Each pane was shining now, sparkling clear, He'd made in me a brand new heart.... He taught me to trust, to love, and to learn that in Him all things could be good again.
God gave me joy complete, when He brought you into my life, for together we were meant to be, and now when we wake we see a new pane of glass, glazed over so that we cannot see, but He also puts in our hands each day, new cloths to wipe away the glaze, the new day ahead to see. Today's cloth might be forgiveness, or loving words whispered soft, or encouragement and forgiveness, to lift one another aloft.
And the anticipation, the eager desire to find out what each day holds, we run to the glass and wipe it clean, and see ahead, to what the day will bring as it unfolds. The glaze is gone, the Sonshine floods in, and the sheer joy of life fills me anew, for every day's a dream come true, a journey of delight, for I'm sharing and living it with you.
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