Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

Yugoslavian poet Charles Simic once said, "Poetry is an orphan of silence.  The words never quite equal the experience behind them."

Never could this be more true than when writing about the holiest and most revered of books, The Holy Bible.  I'm continually reminded through the word that my vision is so infinitismal.  Voltaire once said poetry is the music of the soul.  So this blog is an attempt to capture the hymns my heart has written to my Lover, Savior and King.  For when our minds and hearts are captivated by the beauty of our Living Lord we must spill it out...whether the instrument we use to praise our Lord is harp, canvas, the human tongue, or the computer screen.

Lately as I read I've been pondering so many of the flawed people God chose to use in His Word.  How intriguing it might be to peruse their personal journals.  I suspect many might prefer their true thoughts hidden under a locked tome.  As many of us hide our true selves behind shadows fearful of allowing others to see the reality of our broken lives.

I suspect in each of them we would  find more than a kernel of our own realities.  Like Peter I find myself sinfully comparing my reality to that of someone else.  Like David I find poetry is a means for expressing my heart to God.  Like Moses I have allowed doubt of God's purposes to creep in out of my own fear.  Like Mary Magdalene I have known what it means to drink of Christ's deep forgiveness.

I desire Reflections Through a Tinted Mirror to be my instrument to worship my Creator.  As I wait for the time when I will see in full, understand in full...I ponder the Lover of my Soul's words.


So true, Julia! God is so good to show us ourselves through his chosen people. It always reminds me that I can be used.

So true. What a comfort that God can use any of us as his instruments. Thanks for reading, Jess.

Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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