I Want to be a Window By Donice Palmer

I don't want my beliefs to sit in a church pew,
I want them to live and breathe in everything I do,
I don't want to take for granted what I'm given,
I want to be grateful and forgiven,
I don't want to get caught up in everything,
just going through the motions feeling nothing,
I don't want to be right or righteous,
I want to be a window where others can see Jesus,
I don't want to be a perfect pretender,
I want to be broken into complete surrender,
I don't want to be safe,
I want to be saved.

Columbia Union Visitor

This poem first appeared in the July 2013 issue of the Columbia Union Visitor and is reprinted with permission.

Donice Palmer, who attends the Centerville church in the Ohio Conference, started writing poems in grade school, but turned to spiritual themes 11 years ago when she "opened her heart and life to God."