A Holy Dance

Pirouetting on full point She was a whirling top Held position in her placeUntil the spinning stopped With graceful leaping far from it Arching high into the airFlying free, loosed from her trap Where she had entwined there Such abandon was the danceFrom winding into freeEnergy swirled tightly closeThen flung out joyously Reflection of earth’sContinue reading “A Holy Dance”

Voices

What voices am I listening toDefining life, how I should beNot only in the world around But also what I think of me Do they tell the truthHave you ever heard inside A voice insisting you are small Diminished in some unique wayNot good enough, somehow wrong Just because you’re youWhen I found in ChristContinue reading “Voices”

Jack in the Sunflower Stalk

Jack nimbly climbed the sunflower stalk The prize in sight his aim Reaching long up its full height Plucked a flower head quite clean “Come look and see,” husband exclaimed “He’s grabbed it with his mouth”Us too slow from laughing hardLost pic of Jack going south With a scamper, a victory hopMouth stuffed full withContinue reading “Jack in the Sunflower Stalk”

A Tough Nut to Crack

Imprisoned in a rigid shell Protected from external force The meat, the heart of the nutGrew surrounded very well Defended from all foe Thinking it was self-containedIt realized not the greater strains That exert great pressure Causing change by measure Beyond what it did knowFearful of much transformation Holding sense of stiff controlIt toughened moreContinue reading “A Tough Nut to Crack”

Entrusting with Hope

So many parents share our hurt A child now grown throws us away Rejects love, the blessings given Denying good we’ve brought her way It hurts, LORD, this rejection deep So well You know the pain we feel Shock, confusion settling in Before air clears to see it’s real Now we must forgive ourselvesOf imperfections,Continue reading “Entrusting with Hope”

Visits at the Wood Shop

The old man showed up faithfully. Not a set schedule, unless a project was in the works. Woodworking allowed his strong hands to feel the timbre of the wood, to grow in his mastery of creating, honing and shaping, fitting and joining, sanding and smoothing, then finishing all with protective oil or sheen. All thisContinue reading “Visits at the Wood Shop”

Water Flow

The bubbling stream babbled on Relishing the glorious day Delighted to be waters that Nourished life along its way Slow down awhile the eddy calledCome relax a time with me My waters are serene and calm Currents that flow pleasantly I’ll try, the bubbles sparkled back I’ll flow awhile into your pool Rest a littleContinue reading “Water Flow”

Walking With Hope

We two walked there arm in arm Speaking in low voiceShe allowed me to hold on Surprised me with that choice I saw her there in my dreams Our daughter now estrangedMy firstborn a treasured giftWhom I long to see again Long suffering my heart does yearnFor closeness we once shared Before events of lifeContinue reading “Walking With Hope”

Celebrating Freedom

What joy to live in such a placeThat holds freedom high With gratitude for such a gift Think long what brought it by It is a gift, hard fought and wonA gift through sacrifice A gift to treasure and protectBought with excessive priceFree to live and to thriveTo seek the truth to know Realities ofContinue reading “Celebrating Freedom”

Love’s Refining

Sanded long with upmost care ‘Til satiny and smooth When a finish was applied Wood grains rose up quite rude Then with sanding once againPressure wielded precisely The wood in places yielded fine In other spots not nicelyStill the wood-smith worked his craft Refusing to destroy it More than just to feed his fire HeContinue reading “Love’s Refining”

Hearing Well

Forgive the times initially I listened to your spoken wordsThinking that I understood Yet your heart I had not heard Intention was not to dismiss Heavy burdens of your soulThat you could not voice yourself Perhaps you did not fully know Communication’s awful miss Not hearing clearly deepest cries Meaning lost, attention’s guess Loneliness theContinue reading “Hearing Well”

Marching Orders

A whisper brushed across my heartNot loud but mighty just the same March for My glory, said the LORDBeloved, I have called your name Fear not your weakness, nor your strife Turmoils of your mind and heart Give to Me, I will make strongMy presence in your life, your artI love you, child, can youContinue reading “Marching Orders”

The Gift of Irritation

Perhaps we are gifted With a thorn of irritation To help us see within ourselves Our own throbbing situation I wonder why a teller’s stance Never seems to change And sigh deep within myself‘Oh, here we go again!’Pricks of aggravation Settle o’re my countenance Listening to the same old tomeHearing heartfelt elegance Then contemplate whyContinue reading “The Gift of Irritation”

Finding Purpose

A quiet contentment A breath and a pause Resting not rushing All the day long No matter the action One’s called to do With purposed direction Contentment comes too So long I’d been searchingThroughout this vast world Discover my purpose Find that that does fill The longing inside meWould not go awayThrough searching life deeplyI’veContinue reading “Finding Purpose”

Good Friday Sacrifice

People entered, all was darkCandles flickered to light the wayReverant yearning filled the air As echoes rent tranquility Steady pounding hammeringStillness reigned in candle glowWonder filled each waiting soulLonging for soon’s Easter mornMore entered in amidst forlorn Cryptic sounds of hammeringNo one spoke nor cried His nameOnce jubilant shouts “Messiah! King!”Then singers sang in darknessContinue reading “Good Friday Sacrifice”