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.’

Mother’s Day 2017

Facing Mother’s Day motherless
Is frankly unnerving:
You’ve gone, yet you’re still here,
You’re here, but you’re still there,
You cannot be seen or heard,
No hug, no touch,
No physical connection,
Existing in a third dimension.

And yet, and yet:
I see you smiling in my mind,
Laughing at a silly joke,
Wobbling across the room
Holding onto the back of the suite,
Not the steadiest on your feet!
I see you playing with your grandchildren
And great grandchildren,
Dancing with your sisters –
I see your love for all of us,
Then, just in that moment,
The sky is cloudless.

Unnerving.
Quite disturbing,
How the emotion of memories
Changes motherless to mothered,
How time and space are blurred,
Events and people intermingle,
The past morphs with today
And I can say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017

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

Birthday Love

How far can love stretch?
To the moon and more maybe:
Perhaps as far as eternity?
How can something that lives inside me,
That has no physical entity,
Consume so much energy?
You loved me unconditionally
And that doesn’t just stop.

Today is your birthday
So we’ll stretch our love to you,
We’ll pull and pull and we won’t let go
We’ll stretch it out until you know
Just how much we miss you so.
We’ll raise a glass and pray love flows
Through time and space
To put a smile upon your face.

Happy Birthday Mam,
Missing you so much today,
Hope you’re dancing with the angels.
XXX

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
1 Corinthians 13: ‘And the greatest of these is love’.

Lent 2017: Hope

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Your love surrounds me always;
In the darkness and uncertainty of life,
In the everyday strife,
I am held securely in the certainty of hope,
In the hopefullness of Your love,
In the loveliness of Your grace.
You hold my face in Your hands,
You look me in the eye and
Tell me I am loved, no matter what.
There are doubts and fears,
Indecision and apprehension,
Normal everyday tension,
But my prayer to You is a powerful
Release from the chains that bind me,
From the things that hold me back.
Over time, I can see You changing me,
Helping me trust You more honestly,
Thoroughly cleansing me
From all my troubles.
You, give me hope,
Help me cope
With what life throws at me.
Though I was far off, you met me
Where I was.

You give me hope,
Now and forever, Amen.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Romans 12:12 ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer’.