This poem was the inspiration for my blog title; its description of how God uses us is a great reflection on how beautiful it is when God's grace changes our lives, just like some brittle crazy glass becomes a dazzling stained glass window when given the right combination of color and light.
Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
He is a brittle crazy glass:
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
This glorious and transcendent place,
To be a window, through thy grace.
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Doctrine and life, colours and light, in one
When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe: but speech alone
Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
And in the ear, not conscience ring.
"The Windows," by George Herbert (1593-1633)
(stanza 2 omitted)