Winter is waning, day by day, With the sun shining high above, Birds are singing, bunnies playing, Good-bye, Dear Winter! We’ve had enough! The snowman’s melting to the ground, The crocuses are bursting through… Our hearts seem lighter, our days even brighter, Knowing that spring will arrive soon!
Grateful for all the seasons, That our loving God provides… On the road of life we know, Joys and tears walk side by side. Now with the rain falling around us, E’en with snow lying everywhere… Consider each drop of rain that falls, A gentle, loving prayer.
Lenten discipline – a poem a day. Here is another…
Walking through the woods one day, I came across a bench, The view was near the water, With the mountains to the west.
I thought how nice a place to be, That bench – just right for two, Then they could look together At God’s panoramic view.
Again my walk took me by that place, It warmed my heart to see, A gray-haired couple sitting there, As God intended it to be. A story shared on the bench that day In the quiet of a winter woods, God’s Spirit there, wrapping them In the blanket of God’s love.
My discipline this Lent is to write a poem each day – however the Spirit speaks to me. I share this one.
The angel came and held her Close in her arms so tight, Day by day, each hour Well into the darkening night.
The family gathered ‘round her Tears flowing down their face, About to lose their mother To the One who offers grace.
Dawn rose above the mountain The night had turned to day, They knew the angel had carried Their loved one to a place away.No tears, dear ones…God whispered She abides in Heaven with me, Yet she will be with you for always In your memories and hearts, you’ll see.
Sometimes I decide to give something up for Lent or to add something during this time of intentional personal reflection and prayer. This season of Lent, I will be writing a poem a day. I thought I would share this one…
I opened my eyes… To the sun streaming through the blinds, Spilling ‘cross the room and into my mind, Breathing the first breaths of a new day undefined.
I opened my eyes… To a wide world not already knowing, The gifts that God has been bestowing, Upon those whose faith had started growing.
I opened my eyes… To a place with no ways of anguish or pain, Where people lived with no hate or disdain, Where love and kindness and grace sustained.
Perhaps as we begin our Lenten journey, we can reflect on the words we have heard today. as we received the mark of God’s love: Remember that you are God’s beloved dust, and to God’s beloved dust you shall return.
Today marks 4 years since my vision loss. I recall that day vividly. It was one of the best days of my life. Just a lot of little things on the journey that day that made it so. Initially, the vision loss devastated my heart and soul; but I am beyond that now. While I grieve the loss of the many things I loved to do, I have gained back much more in new ways since then.
As Helen Keller put it: I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.