“Gladden This, the Season’s Hope”, a Christmas prayer from LWillows

A Christmas Prayer 2017

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The prayer that I speak is given beneath,
All holy life and the gifts bequeathed.

Grateful I am for wherever I stand,
Forever Loved by Our Lord, in His Land.

A Kingdom Born to root in all parts
To set Love’s spirit free in all hearts.

Let me be one single voice,
A whisper of peace that sings rejoice.

Sofly, boldly, louder still…
Until my whole entire feels His will.

Gladden this, the season’s Hope,
That all might see through God’s telescope…

Loved we are, Love we must.
O such a Voice sings the Birth of Love’s Trust!

© 2017 Linda Willows
photograph by Laurent J. Frigault

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“My Vows Sacred Given”…a worship poem by LWillows

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Such sacred flame burrows in to out,
winding the bend of a Godly route.
Forming new life in creation’s hold,
for in Gods own hand, my soul quickens bold.

Reaching in, all vows sacred given,
Breath called to my heart, then by Glory risen.
Holy might does bind this seed,
Treasured to Love, bear fruit, live freed.

Captured by wind, a dance with this Light,
All motions my heart to quake this night.
The flame of Thy Love met shining embrace;
I lean, my heart gleaned by God’s Mercy, His Grace.

© 2016 Linda Willows, original 2013

Photograph by Tatiania Struck

Isaiah 60…The Almighty assures peace, protection and eternal joy in The New Kingdom (The Glory of Zion) note from LWillows

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Peace and great strength increased in my soul and my spirit was deeply nourished by reading Isaiah 60 this morning. My heart felt restored with each ascending passage that spoke directly to me of God’s redeeming Glory with increasing depth and magnitude.

I reviewed my mortal dependencies upon “security” as I read of The Lord’s Sanctuary; the “mighty fir,pine and cypress ” that were used to build the Temple of Solomon”. I knew that I was resting upon a God that provided not only a sanctuary to each of us but a security that comes from our belonging to Him, and knowing that The LORD is the only greater than evil, hate, destruction, oppression and all that we, in a merely mortal opposition can merely engage in conflict with but not extinguish; not to eliminate worldly honorable defense.

The Bible is not for the faint heart-ed. It takes meditation and reflection about the scripture and a willingness to ask for God to search your heart in prayer before, during or after so that you can be shown, not with your own “eyes”, but with His Loving intervention, what you need lifted for that day.

As I came to the end, my heart rested with the verses of The Promise of The Holy One’s Peace in the Righteousness of God and the Life that we are offered in His Everlasting Light. We have been having some amazing sermons on “righteousness” so I leap when I see the word! I smiled-put my hand upon my joyful heart and knew that The Lord Our Savior is with us, with me- that my gates will always stand open..Isaiah 60:11 “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night.” (Rev.21:25)
Linda Willows

Isaiah 60
The Future Glory of Israel
60 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
3 And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,[a]
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.
8 Who are these that fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their windows?
9 For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the Lord your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.
10 Foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you,
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Your gates shall be open continually;
day and night they shall not be shut,
that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations,
with their kings led in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish;
those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary,
and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons of those who afflicted you
shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the Lord,
the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from age to age.
16 You shall suck the milk of nations;
you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
and instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will make your overseers peace
and your taskmasters righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.
19 The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;[b]
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.[c]
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
21 Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land forever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.[d]

“Sweet Love’s Roar”…from Linda Willows

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Lift off this frame that designs me so
My heart cannot still, it must learn to let go

Allowance may pour through the fount of Love’s door
Yet the fray of dark days sets new fires at the fore.
Pull out through the flames lest none but Thy Light
May bring You close; find my heart in the night.

Lift my heart’s name that resigns me so
I cannot let will be alone in such tow.

Come mark my tent with your sacred Love’s pour
Call me out. O, let Life in. I hear the waves of its’ sweet love’s roar.
Bless every year, every tear that let go.
God take the frame, for this Heart is aglow.

©2016 republish Linda Willows © 2012 Linda Willows

Psalm 145:14
The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.