God’s Face

God’s Face

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 2, 2010

I think I finally get it, God;
that face of Yours,
the scary one —
with bared teeth,
bristling brows
and bulging eyes —
I think I finally see it
for what it is.

After years of horror,
confusion,
distress, and
dislike —
colored by a sense
of smug
“civilized”
superiority.

I am no longer afraid;
I will never again
avert my eyes,
cover my mouth,
or cringe
and turn away.

There is, in You,
a fearsome nature
that I’ve often
overlooked and avoided;
preferring
the quiet strength
tender compassion
and sweet reassurance
of Your still, small voice.

Your terrible aspect is real:
it is majesty and grandeur,
power and justice,
wisdom and eternity;
the awe-inspiring
Absolutely Real
that appears
in a blinding flash.

It is the Enormity
of all that was, is, and ever shall be
that overwhelms us,
and makes us feel
small,
weak,
and vulnerable.

And it is the Truth:
the sometimes painful honesty —
when You tell us
what we don’t want to hear;
when You show us
something we don’t want to see;
when You reveal to us
an ugly, irrefutable, fact.

If only we had
the courage,
the faith,
and the trust
to look upon that scary face of Yours,
O great and terrible God …

we would see
there is nothing to fear;
for it is only a reflection
of the depth
of Your concern for us,
and the lengths
to which You will go
to get our attention.


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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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