Empties out the flesh and fruitfulness
Of life before the knife;
Gouges gaping, jagged wounds
Too severe to scar--
That emptiness carves room for grace
And otherworldly light
To shine salvation into the wounds
Of this dim and frightful night.
Life beyond the knife
Is not extinguished
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7, NIV1984
originally shared here in 2012