A lion prowls unseen by most.
He stalks my pride and hears me boast
of grabbing tigers by the tail
and doing things my way.
And Aslan is quite quick to chide
reminding me of times I’ve lied.
He guides me to a looking glass
so I can see my sin.
But as I gaze into the mirror
and glimpse the lion standing near,
I am encouraged by the fact
He will not let me go.
The true reflection that I see
(in spite of what I’ve failed to be)
provides a peek of Aslan’s grace
reminding me I’m loved.
This King of Beasts is hardly safe,
but He is good for Heaven‘s sake.
My tarnished image in the mirror
is not what Aslan sees.
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If your first name is Otto,
if the world thinks you’re strange,
can you hope for redemption?
Can your selfish ways change?
Can the losses you’ve suffered
create space in your heart
for the lost and the lonely
who are God’s work of art?
Though your life’s not worth living
(or so it may seem),
can you find renewed purpose
in a dying friend’s dream?
Can a cause to believe in
find you reborn within
though your past has been littered
by anger and sin?
Can your first love be kindled
though you grieve for what’s gone?
Can God’s grace and forgiveness
find you singing a song?
While your days may be numbered
and the end is at hand,
can you serve where you’re needed
as the Good Lord has planned?
That’s my prayer for you, Otto.
That you live while you can.
That you seize what you’re given
and die a loved man.
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