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.’

Feeling Raw

Lost in a sea of detachment,
Waves running high around,
Day runs into day,
With fears of running aground.
Time is lost in the telling,
Grief has gripped my soul,
I know you’re safe
Through God’s good grace
But it’s hard to let you go.

Guilt pulls at the anchor,
Threatens to sink the ship,
Your time was clearly close
And yet you died alone.
You slipped away so quietly,
Left us all in shock,
You went home to heaven,
My ship was on the rocks.
Sinking nearly inevitable,
Clinging tight through the ride,
My God has walked beside me,
Carried me through the tide.

Back in shallow water,
With shifting sand beneath my feet,
Grateful that my anchor held –
The storm is near complete.
In calmer seas of nine months on
You’ve birthed me once again
Your love has made me stronger
And I know I can sail on.

Copyright wordz2Go 20 March 2017
Kisses on your birthday X

Lent 2017: Prayer Power

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When I am low,
I turn to you for support
To get me through the bad days:
Never yet have you failed me.

Your promises are worth more than gold,
You are with me always
And worthy of praise.
Your love shines more than diamonds
Glittering in the sun,
I bathe in your glory
Transmitted through the power of prayer.
You know what I want to say
Even when I cannot articulate it
And your patience with me is astounding,
Prayer has no time limit
Nor any geographical boundaries,
There is no place where you are not,
Never yet have you failed to be with me
In any situation,
You are mine and I am yours,
To the end of time.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Psalm 23:4 ‘Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me.’

Lent 2017: Do Not Be Afriad

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You are my strength and shield,
Always.
Who else can I turn to,
Who else would always be there for me?
In the depth of the night
When my brain is wide awake,
Thinking too deep,
Far too deep for sleep:
You are there,
Always.
When daytime worries
Constrain me,
Restrict my ability to think,
I drink
From your well:
You are there,
Always.

When I feel small and afraid,
When others put me down,
When my confidence slips:
You are there.
You knew me before I was born,
You will follow me all the days of my life,
You will lead me home:
You are there.

Always.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Joshua 1:19
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Beth Shalom

img_0599Crucially it tells the story
All should know but still must be told,
Of those who grew not old,
Who fled from fear and intolerance,
Or died horrendous living deaths
When life was cheap,
When no one dared weep.
Cry now as you see photos
And hear personal testimonies
Of truly horrendous stories,
But it won’t do any good –
Only the history exists,
The people are gone
In a hate-filled Armageddon.

Hope spreads from the telling
Of the threat of extremism,
The arrogance of racism,
Hope spreads far and wide
When truth is revealed
Of a time man destroyed man
In a man-made plan.
Danger emerges
In the quest for perfection
Perfected in destruction,
In wholesale death.
Far better to believe
That all are born equal,
Love thy neighbour,
Set not brother against brother.

Copyright wordz2Go Feb 2017
Matthew 22:39
‘Thous shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’.

Inspired by a visit to Beth Shalom:
A Nottinghamshire village
Hosting a Shoah memorial.

Prayer for Peace

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Quieten my mind,
Enfold me in your saving grace,
Take me someplace
Away from the stress
That life imposes.
I need your peace,
I crave your tranquility,
Your transforming divinity,
Removing the pressures I face.

Soothe my soul,
Keep me above the abyss
And grant me your peace.
Your grace embraces me,
Lifts me up on wings
To soar above everything
That weighs me down,
That keeps me earth-bound,
Shackled in doubt.

You go before me and behind,
Your love surrounds me,
Sustains me absolutely;
You are with me always.
You are my God
And I put my trust in you.

Quieten my mind,
Soothe my soul,
Grant me your peace.

Copyright wordz2Go Feb 2017
Matthew 11:25-30 ‘Come unto me all ye who travail and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’

Who Do I Ring?

Who do I ring?

When I can’t remember a birthday date
And fate decrees I’m far too late
To send a card now.
Who will show me yet again
How to repair a trouser tear and steer
Me through the process?

Who will update me on family news,
And choose the choicest bits to amuse
Our conversation?
Who will smile as I enter the room
And assume
I’m whom she expected?

I’ve kept her last voice message,
An emotional hostage,
To help me bridge the gap.
To hear her voice
And rejoice in her choice
Of conversation starter.

Now and then I bathe in her sound
As I’ve found grief rebounds
When it’s totally unexpected.
When I’m driving home in the dark and the rain
I’ll still ring you Mam,
Again and again.

Copyright wordz2Go July 2016
1 Corinthians 13:11-12