Can my black heart yet praise You?

How can my black heart praise You?

-reflected against Your glory

It turns to powder-ash...

Consumed by pure refining fire.


Only your Spirit in me can cry out

-to you the Living God.

Your purity expresses life

Through death.


All I have within me is pure dust;

Ashed by your infinite Glory.

Anne Bloem 2009. All rights reserved.
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