February 2008 - Vol. 16

A Spiritual Journey of Poems for Lent
by Jeanne Kun

Transfiguration by Raphael

Eternity’s Bright Vision

And he was transfigured before them,
and his face shone like the sun,
and his garments became white as light.

My frail and fragile frame cannot contain you yet, O Lord.
Seeing but your shadow takes away my breath 
and a glimpse of your splendor overwhelms me, 
your burning beauty engulfing me like fire.

More of you I cannot bear to see,
though my heart longs for that day
when I shall gaze upon you face to face.

And so I ask you: 
Prepare me for eternity’s bright vision.

Purify my eyes
that I might behold your unveiled glory.

Cleanse me of my sin
that I might stand upon your holy mountain.

And fortify my soul
that I might endure the full force of your radiance
and wholly satisfy the claims you make on me.

Copyright (c) 2006 by Jeanne Kun

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