Masquerade

His Life Has Paid

I chained myself; I wore a masquerade

He reached for me; I ran away in vain

Deliberate, his blood, his life has paid

 

In captivity I would e’er have stayed

He caught me, loved me, freed me, broke my chains

I chained myself; I wore a masquerade

 

He did not sin, was by design betrayed

Forgave me and destroyed my false domain

Deliberate, his blood, his life has paid

 

Redeemed through Christ whose light will never fade

My heart the Holy Spirit does contain

I chained myself; I wore a masquerade

 

He overturned and smashed my grand charade

Left naught but faith, hope, love – these three remain

Deliberate, his blood, his life has paid

 

So ashamed to be free, I was afraid

His grace dries clean every single tear stain

I chained myself; I wore a masquerade

Deliberate, his blood, his life has paid

21 comments

  1. Beautiful poem this Susan…

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    1. Thank you, Sherri. Such a compliment coming from you. 🙂

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      1. Thank YOU, dear Susan 🙂

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful and so transparent. We’ve all been part of the masquerade one point in life (and maybe still are) and there is so much freedom and grace in putting the mask we wear down and being open with others. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Anna, bless you for your kind thoughts. You picked up on my exact thoughts – the freedom and grace in leaving it behind and being loved just the way we are.

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  3. So many good lines here that have already been commented on. I also liked, “He reached for me; I ran away in vain.” So true! We can’t outrun or outlast God’s love!

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    1. Thankfully, His reach is beyond our ability to flee. Thinkin’ Jonah. 🙂

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  4. “His grace dries clean every single tear stain”. Oh yeah. 🙂

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  5. ‘I chained myself; I wore a masquerade’. Highly memorable line, Susan. Thank god for freedom and salvation from chains of our own making. Beautifully said.x

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    1. Thanks. This means so much from you, my friend.

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  6. Susan – words we all recite without even knowing. Thank you for reciting them here. For all of us.

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  7. You have no idea when you write something, how it will affect and be received by others. As someone who spends most of his energies among ridicule and those who vehemently reject the Lord of Covenants and His Promise to us, I value your sentimental reflection and your Faith. The love we share with the Designer of life can never be expressed fully in words, or understood by the mind. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the visit and for the very kind words. You’re right, this love for Him is beyond expression; it is in the knowing and abiding that it is felt. You feel it, too. We are both blessed by that.

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      1. This world hates us for the love we share in Christ. It’s so easy to become disheartened. We need all the encouragement we can get from one another’s embrace and celebration of His promise to us.

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      2. I haven’t experienced as much hate as cynicism and fear. But you’re right that we need to encourage each other, and continue to pray for those who have yet to find the peace and grace we’ve found. Thanks so much for visiting – I’ve missed you!

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      3. You’re welcome Susan. It’s good to talk to you again!

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  8. Really beautiful! Thank you for helping us worship Him today!

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    1. You’re most welcome, Debbie. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by and commented. I’ve been wanting to respond, too, how much your poetry means to me, but haven’t been able to click through to your comments section. Is it disabled? (Just an fyi.) Bless you.

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  9. Truer words …so applicable to each of us. Heartfelt, moving, eloquent. Happy Sunday, Susan.

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    1. Bless you for the kind note, Beth; just catching up to these now. Hope your week is going well. Love to you.

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