Me: Outside/Inside (w/Monologue Seven)

[from the 1974 pop musical, Song of Plenty]

Monologue Seven:

GIRL (continuing letter). . .

God IS a God of plenty! He filled me with his complete presence. I rushed to the front of the room ad collapsed at the speaker’s feet in tears. One by one, my new friends came to me and put their arms around me. They were crying, too! They were happy–for me.

I glanced up at the cross out of mist-filled eyes and. . .no! it can’t be. . .I imagined I was two people. One was nailed to that cross, dead. The other had been lifed up to God’s side and was safely enveloped in love and peace.

Then I looked at my friends, and I told them that the old “me” was dead now. With God’s help, the real “me” could live and start to grow.


Look at the outer me I wear for public display.
See the side that seems to show the sum of all my good.
Me that’s got and got looks so full
And me that’s fancy looks so happy,
But me that’s complex can’t tell that
It’s not the real me I see.

Look inside at the me I keep hidden.
See the side that seems to show how small and empty I am.
Stripped of my outer self
So I can see what God knows is me:
Rough and simple and in need of love’s complete refining.

About this Song:
This song is the honest confession of someone who recognizes that the life she’s been living on the outside may appear great to other people. But in reality it’s empty and small. The singer acknowledges that only God can remake her from the inside out, and she’s not just willing–but desirous–of having Him do that.

Do you need God’s help in becoming real, too?

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Best regards,


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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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