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Lay Bare Your Heart


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A lovely form hides a broken heart

no more with child like trust,

for a heart that beats in a fallen world

must form a calloused crust.


that keeps out pain or any chance

of being hurt again,

but by guarding against enmity

it also keeps out friends.


There are hands that formed this very heart

while it beat within the womb

and will seek to own this broken heart

'til it lies still in the tomb.


So what proof is there that I can trust

someone with such demands?

The proof is evidence you see

by the nail scars in His hands.


Not just His hands, but His heart as well,

were pierced for you that day,

when He bore your sins, and in your place

died to make a way


to allow His love to enter,

when you trust this risen Lord,

so His love could heal your wounds and scars,

your childhood heart restore.



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