‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NIV).
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).
All my life
I’ve had a heart of stone
Towards myself –
No wonder I’ve been
So anxious, depressed and unwell!
No wonder I never wanted
To be alive!
Thank you for showing me
That healthy, balanced self-esteem
Means loving myself unconditionally –
Warts and all.
It means consciously taking care of myself,
And helping myself,
Every single day.
Only when all this
Is firmly in place
Can I truly love others
Please take away my heart of stone.
Give me a heart of flesh,
And a new spirit of love
For both myself and others.
I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,