Sleepless Narcotic

In the dark of the night when sleep evades
My soul cries out in prayer,
My mind wanders and then, I’m there –
Flitting between past, present and future:
Past hurts re-emerge,
Present issues intersperse,
Future possible disasters loom large.
Sleep gets further and further away,
Prayer becomes disorientated, chaotic;
I’m high on a sleepless narcotic.

I wonder how You make sense of this prayer,
Yet the real wonder is that You do
Because You are You.
Anxiety-ridden dreams invade my prayer
Until reaching breaking point
I turn to what never disappoints:
‘The Lord is My Shepherd’.
Wide awake I hold onto Your promises,
Reciting aloud in the quiet of the night
Slowly travelling from darkness to light.

I imagine Your oil pouring over my head,
Oozing slowly downwards which serves
To sooth my frazzled nerves,
Calming my over-stressed brain,
Leading me to quiet water,
Soon I feel physically calmer
And know that I am cherished.
Dreams and worries begin to slip away,
Anxiety and stress take a backseat
And I finally begin to drift to sleep.

Copyright wordz2Go Jun 2017
Psalm 23:5 ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want …… Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over …’

 

12 months on: I Know

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Your cross around my neck
Has soothed my soul:
This past year,
I’ve held it in prayer,
And slowly adapted
Without you.
Walking into your room
I feel your presence;
Unseen, for now,
‘Though you’ve never left
And we were blessed,
I know.

I pictured you there
When we moved home,
Pleased for us:
Flags waving,
Cheerfully embracing,
Selfish, I know.
By the grace of God
You’ll watch from above,
Fully healed,
Running free
And though we can’t see;
I know.

Copyright wordz2Go Jun 13 2017
Titus 1:1-3 ‘Hope of eternal life is based on God’s promise.  And God cannot lie.’

Potting of Souls

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Give thanks to the Lord for He is good,
His love endures forever.
Reach for the Lord with a willing heart,
His love creates an anchor –
Grace free for me and you,
Embedded in eternal rock,
Love that gives and will never, never stop

Blessings rain down seeding inner calm,
Peace that lasts for ever.
Deserts turned into fruitful land,
Harvests without measure –
Vineyards ripe for reaping,
Growing in fields of gold,
Ripe for the picking and potting of souls

Give thanks to the Lord for unfailing love,
Grace from our confessor.
Praises raise to Redeemer King,
A crown our heavenly treasure –
Given by the King of kings,
Sitting on the throne of power,
And there we’ll live for ever and ever!

Copyright wordz2Go May 2017
Psalm 136

Waves of Love

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Your love sees me through,
Sustains me when I drop
Which stops me
Conceding to fatigue
Distress or tiredness.
Whatever goes wrong,
Whatever wrong I do,
The answer is always You:
I am forgiven,
I am made whole,
You love me heart and soul.

You catch me when I fall,
Dry my tears when I cry,
Let me fly
When days are good,
Rising high on waves of love
That never stop.
Your love perfects me,
Perfects my trust in You.
I am forgiven,
I am made whole,
You are the carer of my soul.

Copyright wordz2Go May 2107
Deuteronomy 33:27 ‘Underneath are the everlasting arms’.

Children Grow

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We abdicate responsibility,
Give up whole lives willingly,
Devote an excess of time to inconsequential things,
Forsake family and friends
Seeking approbation or promotion,
Confidently assured of time.

Life is worth far more than work,
Office politics drive you berserk,
Ever changing goals impossible to meet,
Time spent chasing them
Invisibly robs peace of mind
And children grow as we borrow time.

Time will only wait so long,
How can we get it so wrong?
How much time to realise our time is now,
Do more of what you love,
Regain your peace and cease;
Work less and embrace life now.

Copyright wordz2Go May 2017

Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.’

Praise & Sing!

Winding Mountain Road

Can you praise in sadness,
Can you sing in faith,
When the road twists and turns
And your arms burn
From holding on?
Can you sing in sadness,
Can you praise in faith,
When your mood is low
And the tears flow
Down your face?

You can praise in sadness,
You can sing in faith,
You will come though
Your God walks with you
And will never leave.
You can sing in sadness,
You can praise in faith,
One set of footprints
When you couldn’t
Walk alone.

You can sing in sadness,
You can praise in faith,
You are never alone,
He hears your groans
And carries you.
Sing in faith! Praise in sadness!
God loves your brokenness,
As part of your wholeness –
Praise and sing
No matter what life brings.

Copyright wordz2Go May 2017
Matthew 5:4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’