“Life in God’s Keep”, a Praise poem from L.Willows (joy)

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Life in God’s Keep

Oh, Joy,
From where do you rise-
larger than life’s birth,
more than the sum of
all measured worth.

Sweeter than all-love,
greater than gifts;
you come in a river
like water that drifts.

Here, in my hearts’ breath.
Here in the deep.
Here in the hush of,
prayers that sing-weep.

Joy in such wonder.
Joy breaks to leap,
All parts to praise-thunder,
Life in God’s keep.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

John 17:13

But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 15:11

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

“I Praise You, Lord” from The Beloved

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When we see the Holiness of The Lord, our hearts become flooded with love. Seeing Christ brings a deep bow of humility and prayer of worship. Gratitude sweeps in like a soft arm that is holding with His Mercy; one that has held since that first moment of belief, now deeper, sinking with roots that find their way into the hours and minutes of day and night. His Holiness permeates all that reaches our hearts as we are lifted like flowers reaching to the sun. This wondrous Beloved, His Altar so high, yet given and giften through His Spirit. Miracle this, how we can pray. Flooded Love praises. Seeing Christ causes a blossom to hope, to believe and to reach with wondrous Love.

Psalm 136:1-7
God’s Gracious Love

136 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his gracious love is everlasting.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his gracious love is everlasting.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his gracious love is everlasting—

4 To the one who alone does great and wondrous things,
for his gracious love is everlasting—
5 to the one who by wisdom made the heavens,
for his gracious love is everlasting—
6 to the one who spread out the earth over the waters,
for his gracious love is everlasting—
7 to the one who made the great lights,
for his gracious love is everlasting—
8 the sun to illumine the day,
for his gracious love is everlasting—
9 and the moon and stars to illumine the night,
for his gracious love is everlasting—

“Grateful Heart’s Wonder”…from Linda Willows

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Photo from Jessica Lange Dance Company

Grateful Heart’s Wonder

And grateful heart does come to let…
The deepest joys of love to set
Upon all days that will arrive;
Imbued and soaked with His revive.

How sweetly I can feel the bow,
That bends with awe; with wonder of how.
All of Heaven’s Kingdom did see…
The whispered prayer that came from me.

© 2017 Linda Willows