Continually shed your rough skin
to keep the calluses from growing
to keep yourself vulnerable
to remain aware of your need
for mercies new every moment.
Surrender your battle-scarred skin
to feel the air again
to feel the freshness of things
to feel the nuances and texture of the days
for true strength is not in thick skin.
Let the heavy, scratchy skin fall away
to move in truth and righteousness
to move in the readiness of peace
to move with the Spirit and pray
for gentleness, the armor of saints.