book I: chapter 5

He told them a parable also: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.” (Luke 5:36)

A Change of Garments

Dressed in the world’s finer clothes,
Her heart is set on many things;
Yet deep within her soul she knows
The nakedness privation brings.

Her precious idol outerwear,
Worn o’er attachment’s lingerie,
Must both be renounced and stripped bare —
Ev’ry last thread taken away.

Her naked heart must be washed clean:
Bathed in the scorch of heaven’s light.
A new garment, of the Unseen,
Will clothe her in the cloak of night.

With fibers of wisdom and grace,
Her cloak’s finer than silk and lace.

May the Master Tailor clothe us in His new garment of wisdom and grace.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003