before I was formed,
you created me in your image.
But with David, Jeremiah and Paul,
I declare that before I came to be--
you knew me and my spirit belonged to you.
Aid and increase my understanding;
give me reminders that I will not forget.
Encode your image,
like mathmatical equations
on my DNA
the foundation and building blocks
of my physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual wiring.
Emboss your image
like a signature seal
on the raw clay
of who I am and
who you intend me to be.
Earmark your image
like a visible notch
on the very tender flesh of my ego.
And with Isaiah,
help me recall and remember
that long before I asked you to do
these things to me--
You engraved me in
and on the palms of your hands.