Before you were born – I knew you.
Before you were created – I saw you.
Every day of your life was recorded in my book.
Every moment laid out, before even a single day had passed.
I am the one who formed you.
In utter seclusion – I wove you together.
In the dark of your mother’s womb – I made you fearfully and wonderfully.
I’m the one who created you so marvellously complex.
I know everything about you and I love you.
Before you were born – I set you apart.
Before I gave breath to your lungs – I chose you to carry a message to the world.
“I can’t speak Lord”, you said “I’m too young”.
Don’t say, “I’m too young”.
And don’t be afraid.
I am with you.
I will protect you.
I have put my words in your mouth.
Go, I am sending you.
Comfort the brokenhearted.
Heal the crushed in spirit.
Build the broken.
Bring freedom to the captive.
Release those in bondage.
Speak gladness over those who mourn.
This is the new way.
I’ll show you.
Look, do you see it?
A path through the wilderness.
Rivers in the dry wasteland.
This way is teeming with new life.
No eye has seen.
No ear has heard.
No mind has imagined.
The things that I have prepared.
For those who love me.
This is the highway of holiness – walk in it.
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.
Be an example in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
Don’t neglect your gifts.
Throw yourself into all you do and keep a close watch on how you live.
Stay true to what is right and follow me.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God and I love you.
Be blessed in the city.
Blessed in the country.
Blessed in your coming, and
Blessed in your going.
Know the blessing and the favour of the Lord your God both now and forever more.
© 2022 by Ruth O’Reilly-Smith