Imperfect Me

March 27, 2015 by


I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.

While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.

I cannot imagine how distraught he must have been to realize that even after Jesus warned him about what he would do, Peter still denied that he knew Christ. (See Mark 14:29-31 & Luke 22:54-62).

As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well.

I stood, an onlooker in a sea of people
while You were shunned and shamed

I stood, loved and cherished
and though I didn’t understand, You did

so You stood, alone and accused
though not a sin had crossed Your path
You were to pay the price
for the sins that crossed mine

as Your innocent shoulders
carried Your wooden cross
through towns where onlookers
shouted hateful things
I stood there, too
not fully understanding why
but somehow trusting that You do

and as the nails that pierced Your hands
poured forth Your blood
my heart was pierced
with awe, with love, with wonderment
of how a perfect man
could love so many
so much
that He would take the nails
to pay the price for my imperfections

and as they pulled You up upon Your cross
I fell to my knees
in agony of the price you paid

a perfect man
who suffered for imperfect me.

Dear Heavenly Father, like the song says, we will never know how much it cost to see our sin upon that cross, but it is my prayer that we would spend the rest of our lives trying. May we live with the death of Christ on our minds each day. May the comfort of Your power and the hope of His resurrection give us the strength to live lives that continually pour out gratitude to You. Let us never deny You, help us to never be ashamed, and make us bold that we would always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us.  In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen. 

“but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”  ~Matthew 10:33 (ESV)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” ~Romans 1:16 (NIV)

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” ~1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

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40 Responses to Imperfect Me

  1. Candace

    I have such a hard time watching any recreation of Christ suffering on the cross, whether it’s a movie, play, … Maybe that means I need to watch them more. I just can’t even imagine the pain and sacrifice. It’s absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for your incredibly important reminder.

    • Heather

      It is awful, isn’t it, Candace? A friend of mine once said that if He suffered it on her behalf, the least she could do is watch it. That being said, I close my eyes and look away during much of it. Even though I know it is just a movie, my mind can’t help but realize that my Savior actually endured that on my behalf. It is breathtaking! Blessings to you and yours.

  2. Rick

    On one of your posts in the past you wrote a prayer that really spoke to me and it speaks to this post as well:
    “Father thank you for bestowing upon us a love that is greater than we can comprehend. Let us ponder the richness of that love deeply and often that we might be changed by the truth of it. Thank you for sending your precious son to die that we might live.”
    This absolute love was fleshed out by His suffering on the cross. Thank you Heather for setting the stage with this beautiful poem as we enter into this week.

    • Heather

      We all can relate to Peter, Joanna. That’s one of the things I love about reading Scripture. It’s an encouragement to know that we aren’t alone when we fall short. Even the faithful saints throughout the ages have fallen short a time or two. What an encouragement! Thanks for reading and for sharing your encouragement with me. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Heather

      I know exactly what you mean, Jen! There are definitely different levels when it comes to acknowleding or denying Him. May we all strive to choose Him more. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Tara

    A perfect man who suffered for imperfect me! YES!!! Such a beautiful post Heather. During this holy week, I am reminded again of the power of God’s love. Death doesn’t have the final word but rather God does. Such holy hopeful found in the promise of the Resurrection. May we all strive to live our lives for this one who gave his life for ours.

    • Heather

      Amen, Tara. Very well said. To God be the glory for His unspeakable gift and for the unmatched presence of His power over death and in our lives. Blessings to you and yours.

  4. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    This is absolutely beautiful my friend… and then you go on to share the lyrics of one of my favourite songs. No, I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sins upon that cross… but I am so thankful and humbled that my saviour paid that price for me.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

    • Heather

      Thank you for your continued encouragement, my friend. I LOVE that song, too! Blessings to you and yours. Thanks for hosting each week. I know it is a lot of work and I deeply appreciate your efforts.

  5. Anita Ojeda

    Amen. I sometimes imagine my unkind words or thoughts being the cat-o-nine-tails that scourged his back–and I’m convicted again of his sacrifice for me and reminded that I must see each person he created as someone he also sacrificed for and therefore worthy of my love and kindness.

    • Heather

      That’s an excellent point, Anita. I couldn’t agree more. May we all see one another the way He sees each of us. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. blestwithboys

    That is truly beautiful. I am going to use that as my featured post this week for the Grace & Truth link-up, because I love it so much. It’s also very appropriate, considering what day it will be tomorrow.
    Thanks for linking up and sharing your gift with us. This was my first visit to your site, as far as I’m aware, and I noticed you have a Musings of Music category. Great minds! 😀 I’m sure we’ll get along great. 🙂
    God bless!

    • Heather

      Thank you so much for featuring this post and for your encouragement! So nice to “meet” you. Blessings to you and yours, my new friend.

  7. latisha2015

    I love this poem and prayer. Thank you so much for blessing our hearts and opening us up to reflection, as we prepare to reflect on what Jesus did for us, this Easter weekend. Thanks for sharing this precious post with TGI Saturdays.

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  10. Marsha Baker

    Beautiful and heart-stirring! It’s nearly impossible not to be stirred when getting a glimpse of the horrific suffering Jesus took on His body when viewing that awesome movie. Happy happy Easter to you! XO

    • Heather

      It is an incredible thought to behold, isn’t it? It is difficult to comprehend a love that deep. Blessings to you, my friend!

  11. Carl Sande

    I love this! I get to sing this for church this morning. Happy Resurrection Sunday to you and Ben and the boys. We love and miss you guys.

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