“From Heaven’s Glove”, a worship poem from LWillows

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From Heaven’s Glove

I know some circles called ‘my heart’,
Far from here they do not part.
Lines begin to shred and fray
When they wander, when they stray.

Called to be by unseen sway
Here they rest, here they stay.
Coddled all beside one Guest,
A might that gathers all as Blessed.

When the winds of life become
Stormed, or rifted, pulled by some –
Here within a Love abides
Comfort tendered from all sides.

Drawn like dew from heaven’s glove,
Soaked into each circle of –
Heart of mine with wanting love
Given all from God above.

© 2018 Linda Willows

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.” Psalm 36:5-6

“I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Psalm 89:2

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

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“Deep in God’s Mercy”…a worship poem from LWillows

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See my heart’s fear, Lord,
then come, do be Near.
Let all that resides in
each tear reappear.

Inside of your deepest
Grace and heart’s rest,
how such a love’s comfort
sweeps in this prayer, blessed.

See all in your view, Lord,
then come, do be Near.
Let all that resides
in my all reappear.

Take me to your throne
That I may bow low,
Deep in God’s Mercy
with fear in Love’s tow.

© 2017 Linda Willows

2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 34….”A State of Grace”…from LWillows

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The State of Grace

Grace…”The unmerited favor of God, A gift unearned and undeserved.”

The words, “a state of grace” have been in my mind and heart in the past week with a new calling. Last Sunday the Sermon at Alexandria Presbyterian Church was from a scripture reading of Psalm 34 and was titled “Taste and See That the Lord is Good”.

The psalm speaks of a prayer of David,  who after losing thousands of his troops in a battle with Saul was forced to flee and finds himself in the land of Gath, a territory that was dangerous to him from former times; the King would have his head….1 Samuel 21:10-15.

I heard the words of the David’s prayer with an open heart. I felt blessed with the timing of the Sermon; my spirit entered a state of grace as we bowed our heads in prayer at the closing, seeking that The Lord search our own hearts and receive us.

The Pastor had asked, don’t we all feel like David at times? Does life not bring us to face the trials that compel us to call out for God’s Help as David did. In line 18, the Psalm says.. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”.

Some of The Pastor Chris’s words that remained like bells ringing out the truth for me were…..

“Faith is not strength. Faith is weakness holding on to strength”.  

Then as I was filled with renewal and healing he continued and said, “Suffering will either make you sweeter or more bitter!”.

I smiled with a big inner cheer. Yes! This is so true. Later in the sermon he said,

“You can be wounded and not destroyed. Every-time that something happens that is (a trial) your faith grows stronger.” (Chris Sicks, Pastor of Mercy, Alexandria Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, VA. July 30, 2017)

Psalm 34
Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.