“The Holiness of receiving”, a prayer from L.Willows

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When we open our arms to receive
we must open our palms upwards
and like children with trust in the one
that we are receiving from
we need faith.

Faith placed in things of this world
can not always be steady;
Some have learned by life’s trials not to trust
and then the heart will guard against receiving.
Our hearts are so gently crafted by Our God.
It must grieve Him to see us wounded.

Even vulnerabilities are pure and soft,
the curve that cups in our palms and hearts turns up
not down, or to the side, especially not down
lest we loosen the gift or not find it at all.

Receiving asks us to lift our hearts and faith upwards.
If we see nothing at first; like a child
we learn the patience of persistent…waiting because
we know our the Giver to be kind, steady and more Faithful
to us than we could fathom for He is the Giver of Faith.

The Faith of Our Lord Christ has that strength.
Our giver answers our upward turned palms
and sees our arms when they open to receive.
Our Father knows our hearts so well that He hears
our prayers even before we form them,
and knows all of our needs before they are spoken.

Becoming like “a child” is to become pure and innocent
in our hearts and minds before him.
In such purity, His Holiness can permeate us-
live to soak our lives and circumstances in His Blessings
and the lavish the Love of all the Good that He wishes
us to receive In His Name.

The Holiness of receiving is asking in His Name and
allowing His Spirit and will to enter your heart
and life, unimpeded…looking up, out and with heart and palms turned up.

© 2017 Linda Willows

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“God’s Tree”…a worship Poem by Linda Willows

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All of heaven reaches your branches,
and all of the earth beside your depths…
I pray beside your deep green wonder,
like a child with heart’s new breaking thunder.

The grass beneath is warm and soft,
a nest to hold this wandering guest,
that all tender souls might reach to your bend,
and fold in the arms God’s mighty tend.

Oh, keep me near such binds that set free;
held close in their fold, wrapped dear in mercy.
The substance of love reaches out as foretold;
my heart is embraced in the grasp of sweet hold.

Soft Heaven, Pray leave me, here tenderly.
I am sheltered, caressed and held by Love’s own decree,
captive of no other than Thee.

© 2011 Linda Willows republish 2017

“On Bended Knee”…a worship poem by LWillows

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On bended knee I find my own,
the way of simple ‘letting’ known.
Freed are all the burdens kept
out they flew, oh out they leap..

I bowed my head to let all dim,
The Love, came then, it soared; poured in.
My all curled toward the mercy Bright.
Heart folded round firm in this might.

Wrap me round and hold me tight,
I never want to leave this site.
Oh let the fetters of the day,
find their way without my say.

I need to Love on bended knee;
T’is how I die, I live, I see.
The glory All is farther than,
the Whole and heart of even me.

Life, its source, the beauty of…
comes free, but ‘Let’ from far above,
and when we bend our lives to Love
to live and die, to reach to see….
we arch in deep humility.

Touching portal veils that hold,
embrace of sacred love extolled.

©2017 Linda Willows; republish, ©original,Linda Willows 2012

Photograph by Kemil Kamal, his collection unique, expressive; gratitude for use of this wondrous art.

“You, Lord are the Sanctuary that Love keeps”…Prayer of appeal and faith from LWillows

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Jesus, I need You..there must be a way to find You Near — for You, Lord are the Sanctuary that Love keeps….a Prayer of appeal and devotion from LWillows...sometimes life, hope and faith are deeply personal experiences and testimonies, yet the hope that Faith brings is for all to know. May you be given Love  and encouragement today.

Tears fall, I turn from the ocean of grief that rises.
I search for the one oasis that can save me; my only hope…
huddling in a cave of the deepest silence
I pulled all up and around my face like a cloak.
There was nothing on the outside of that moment that could help me.

I could only seek You, Jesus..
I need You. Christ Jesus, please be there..Please be here with me.
I closed my eyes pulling into a darkness so far that it approaches light. This, my tunnel, searching, for the path to Your Cross. I had gone to you before. Before and before.  Found. Christ Jesus. You always did come Near on Love’s appeal.
There must be a way to find you Near again.
I know that You are can be with me.

I know that You can be Here. I appealed…Oh my Lord I am seeking you.
I began to speak and pour out my heart, knowing that You would hear me
as as I spoke to You…as all of me fell like the whole a being with nothing attached to an “elsewhere”, or an other gravity holding me….

I began to see Your Face.
It looked like many thousands of lights coming together into a Form
that was leaning in towards me with Love.

You looked like a radiance, a galaxy unknown but Real, able to pull close enough to Touch with arms that reached into eternity from an eternity.
You felt like Comfort, My Father of Forever, a Nest of Love that I would never want to leave. Tears of love and relief replaced all else.

I told you each thing that was heavy upon my heart
Every burden fell from me as I unfurled like a child in the arms of her Father.

All that had formed me into a frightened and hopeless one poured
out to you.
I reached the end of my own limits.
I shivered with the pain and anxiety all that has held me captive
and wept before you at of that which has caused suffering in my heart.
I sobbed and groaned of the obstacles that I have faced now and before,
and I pleaded to You from my loss of hope.
You Held me in Comfort as wept. My tears ran into a river that flowed towards Your Holy Cross.

I became aware that you had known mortal pain and knew the deepest of our suffering, much more than anything I could be feeling in that moment.
I knew that your immortal Heart heard every voice and each heart that called out to You. I was unable to fathom how great You Love is but I could feel it Near to me.

I started to remember the Promises that You spoke in the Bible
and I affirmed them before you.
Was my Faith strong enough? Help me of my weakness…
I was moved to speak to You of the verses most that my heart
cherished most from the Psalms.
Joy started to cover me.
These words joined us more… They were part of You, of Your Life.
You came closer; so Near that I felt I could touch Your shining Face.
Father, Lord Jesus- I felt the love of your unceasing embrace.

I began to feel You, Lord encouraging me and Praying with me.
No longer weeping, I was drawn into prayer and devotion.

Many moments flew by as I soaked in Your Love and Presence.
My heart was Comforted as nothing in this world could provide.
Lord, you asked me to be bold and move out in new directions; to carry your Love
to places where fear used to live.
I could not question your prompting.
Lord, you asked me to move despite my own hindrances and weakness; to step out with the courage of Your Spirit.
I could not question your wisdom.
Lord you asked me to remember that You were with me.
You said that by Your power I am strengthened.

Lord, Your Presence is Here, direct and Near.
I am living, yet made new for You live in and with me,
and I am made; created to be with and for You.

For, You Lord, are the sanctuary that Love keeps;
the Guardian of all that I seek,
The One that sees me weep and the Beloved of my hearts fullest reap.
Father, Christ and Lord Here and Near
Thank you, Abba for healing every tear.

© 2017 Linda Willows
Art by J Kirk Richards