All Saints #poetry #devotion #allsaintsday

fall light

Calling All Saints

whether young or old

in the dust

or fighting the cold

raise your voices to the One

who fuels our spirit

above Him none

lay down your swords

you who have led the fight

to honor’s charge

you have shone the light

see the candles

watch them glow

timeless they flicker

for life we will know

 

As we celebrate All Saints Day, we think of those who have faithfully gone before us. Who would we be had they not taken the time to show us a piece of our Lord? Their paths were not straight, life was often tough, and yet through those times they learned to persevere. May we remember as days grow long, cold and harsh – to Look Up!

 

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen you heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Psalms 27:14

 

“My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning, I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”

Psalms 5:3

 

 

At Home on the Sea #sailing #devotion #poetry

 

posturized beach

You sit silently

 water teases

bumping against

your hull

a few more moments

rest

preparing for a dance with the waves

and then like the rooster that crows at dawn,

the captain shouts the order:

“unleash the mainsail,

ready the ropes from mooring

raise our standard,

let the sun have her glorious moment”

colors dance and flutter as the breeze grasps sepia sails

the sun smiles, ” yes, the perfect day to set out”

I remember too well

 days when the sun-kissed my face

and the breeze snapped at my hair

like a bubble the topsails float free

sailors amble down the ropes

upturned faces meet the day in an “ahhh”

more billowing white than brown

as the captain tugs at the wheel

“yes, my lady, it is time to fly”

he grasps the smooth wood like a lover

he feels her tug back, “I am ready,” she whispers

free from her mooring, she lets the wind pull her about

sailor’s legs are eager to feel the motion of the sea

white meets blue in a halo of reflections

tears pool as my heart wants to grasp at freedom

a tug of war with spirit and earth

as the sails reach to the sea

she glides toward open water

I am glad for the reminder

one day I too will leave the mooring of life

releasing billowing sails to the winds beyond

gliding freely with the captain of my ship to open waters

schooner

 

Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storms of life.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
    O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
    he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
    his ministers a flaming fire.
Psalms 104: 1-4

Hear My Cry #faith #poetry #photography

prison cell

Hear my cry

in supplication’s wail

answer me not

in this time of my travail

I will sink to the pit

let despair cover me

end where I lie

hopeless am I to flee

**

Hear me as I call

be it urgent in the night

offer please your help

darkness is my plight

seeking for a place

or off this cliff I fall

in your arms there’s safety

I’m weary of it all

**

Hear me as I cry

this cell I do not crave

wasting into nothing

life a dismal cave

to you I wish to run

 on wings strong and true

hold me as I fall

faithfully held by you

***

“To you, O Lord, I call; my rock,

be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me,

I become like those who go down to the pit. ”

Psalm 28:1

 

 

 

 

 

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