I was thinking this morning of the fire-polished beads that I use to make my jewelry, and how each little facet catches the light - it reflects the light from outside itself back to whence it came.
Each facet got there with painstaking work, cutting away the rough surface, and then using heat and fire to polish it smooth, to bring out the beauty within.
I think of my life before I met you, it was like a dull little glass bead - there was no fire, no polish, no shine at all, I could not give, for all I had were needs.
I thought that things would never be different, that nothing could change my life or me, but then I met Jesus, and He showed me I was wrong, there was a wonderful future He had planned for me.
He picked up that dull little bead of my life, and washed away all the sins and care, and began the process of cutting all those facets, to bring out the shine only He knew was there.
He cut away resentment, and sadness and trouble, each cut was so precise and true, and discouragement and anger He cut away as well, He was starting over, making me brand new.
Then when the facets were all in place, He gently polished each one with His grace, and when He knew I was ready, He brought me to a wonderful new place.
This place was full of joy and peace, love just filled the air, and the cause of all this was in the center of it all, for you were standing there.
God brought us together, we met and fell in love, the facets of my life now were matching yours, and instead of reflecting the light from outside, our facets were like little doors.
Love shines from within, its glow so bright and fine, each day a little brighter, fresh and new, and all because we've been given this wondrous gift, the love you give to me and that I give back to you.