Tiny, Powerful, Broken, and Whole

The throne of God is high and lifted up.
The train of His robe fills heaven’s temple.
So great.
So powerful.

Holy. Holy. Holy.

Isaiah,
So tiny,
So broken with lips unclean,
Sees Him in all of His glory.

Holy. Holy. Holy.

Seraphs’ wings cover face and feet and accord them flight.
Seraphs’ voices declare the glory of the Lord of Hosts, God Most High.
Seraphs’ hands carry altar coal.
Seraphs bend down to cleanse and make whole.

Holy. Holy. Holy.

So Tiny.
So Great.
So Powerful.
So Whole.

Such is the scene of heaven.

But on earth:

Our hands are empty,
Our hearts are broken,
And teardrops fall,
From our grief so full.

Yet wispy wings declare God’s glory,
Flying high,
Bending low,
And carrying…

Tiny,
Powerful,
Once Broken,
Now made Whole.

So we rejoice with you Tiny, Powerful Whit Emmet!

For wispy wings have carried you home,
Into the powerful hands of God upon His throne.
A tiny, living offering to the Lord of Hosts,
And the great heart of God Most High has made you Whole.

In the hands of God our Savior
Whit Emmet Livovich
September 4, 2015

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6 Responses to Tiny, Powerful, Broken, and Whole

  1. Thanks, Alan for taking the time to pen such poignant verse. My heart is heavy with the news, yet I believe and cling to God’s goodness and sovereignty.

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    • alanbeth says:

      Amen to God’s goodness and sovereignty, Jonathan. I finished writing this with eyes welled up and nose running.

      Sometimes the Shepherd takes a lamb even though we don’t understand or maybe don’t even like that divine decision. He knows best and always does what’s best.

      The hand of God is moved by the heart of God, so while we don’t always understand why the hand of God moves in such a way, we trust the heart of God to always do all things in accordance with his good and perfect will. The mystery (to us) of His eternal presence, prescience, and precious purpose.

      How lost we would be without Him!

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  2. Mary Ann (Grandma) says:

    Beautiful and so appropriate! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. alanbeth says:

    For anyone unaware, Mike and Kris chose these names because “Whit” means “tiny” and “Emmet” means “powerful.”

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  4. krislivo1 says:

    Thank you, Alan. This is beautiful.

    Whit was a surprise from beginning to end, and I wouldn’t give up a minute. He was a joy.

    I don’t understand the why behind this, but I feel God gave us a precious gift and I am thankful. His will is good.

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  5. Jon Dewald says:

    I have no words. You have expressed it beautifully. We are so sorry. >

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