When I reflect on Black History Month, I think of a poem I once wrote. It’s dear to my heart because it reminds me of who I am in God’s eyes. I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you, and I pray it reminds you too that we are His beloved children, no matter the color of our skin.
Dear daughter, come out of hiding!
For you are dark and comely.
Your hand-crafted, sun-kissed skin bears no sin.
Freshly dipped with intention,
I’ve made no mention of mistaken identity.
Whether black as a kettle or a deep brown Hershey’s kiss,
you are a radiant reflection of Thee.
For I, your God created the light and the darkness—
and neither is more kin to me.
Dear daughter of Ham, pick up your garment!
Betrayal and rejection shall no longer be projected onto your perfected complexion.
For the sight of your hue is not a result of shameful drunkenness.
I will replenish what the locust ate,
and shine My light on your brethren’s willful unconsciousness.
Release yourself from the plantation!
I have called ALL to join Me at the table!
She owns no cotton-gin, so rise from the divisive lies, myths, and fables.
Remove those haughty eyes,
for her body no longer toils in the field.
She builds her confidence in my unapologetic workmanship.
Knitted together flawlessly.
Look onto her fairly, my fair daughter,
for her melanin carries the beauty…of Me.
Reflections on ‘My Masterpiece’
• How do you view yourself?
• How do you believe God views you?
• What do you think about your God-given features? (Skin, hair, facial features, etc.)
• What do you think about your body?
• Where did I get these views?
Share these reflections with someone (or bible study group), and pray that you begin to fully embrace how God sees you.
Scriptures for Further Reflection
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.”
—Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
—Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)