valuable gems are credited
with enduring beauty.
Are they a scintilla of the opulence
of Your heavenly kingdom, dear God?
An infinitesimal glint
of Your heavenly Glory?
make my will and my dedication
as hard and pure and enduring
as the most valuable flawless diamond,
I pray You, Lord.
me be resolute and strong-willed.
Help me be firm in my convictions
and pure in my life.
Show me how to emanate some tiny flashing reflection
of Your goodness
and Your dazzling grace.
this I ask in the name of Jesus,