“Recieve His Rest”, from L.Willows with scripture (heal, pray, God’s comfort)

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I met someone who was deeply broken-hearted. I had known her for a while without knowing but after a deeper conversation, she shared her heart. We talked about sharing our hearts and burdens with Jesus and what that looks like. When our hearts become heavy or weary, there is one sure place that we can go for respite, we can go to The Lord. It is a hope that I turn to in times of greatest need, one that has been the anchor of strength and comfort.

The Lord knows our hearts and can see every part of us, even in-between the parts of the parts (as my Pastor said on Sunday). More, this One gazes towards us with such great love, we are drawn near to his heart; warmed by the Light of His Spirit and called by His Father to be comforted and filled with tender mercy.

This is no ordinary rest, no ordinary peace. It is the love and comfort of God. It is like the warm embrace that a child receives when he or she asks to be received by their father. It is hope answered. It is the gentle reprieve that bends to receive each of our hearts on the most burdensome days of our lives. Jesus is able to see, know and reach into our hearts beyond words that we may or may not be able to form and respond with love and wisdom.

Even if you don’t think that you know how to “go to the Lord in prayer”, it is possible to take your heart to him at this moment. Simply find a quiet place. Ask in His Name. Believe in Him. Tell Him what is on your heart. Start with the first things that come to mind like you are speaking to a friend that is very near. (If you have trouble speaking it, try singing it.) Listen to a song. Then start again. Some of us have difficulty asking for help and before praying need to practice saying “Lord, help me”. That is a prayer too.

We walk in God’s joy; filled by his Love as his sons and daughters. We have a near and merciful Sheperd that seeks to unburden us. He says, “Come to me” with a promise of rest.

Knowing that we can go to God for rest and comfort is one of the greatest gifts that we are given. Scripture encourages us. We are given these promises:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Isaiah 40:11

A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
Isaiah 42:3-4

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57:15

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
Isaiah 61:1-3

I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy I will feed them with judgment.
Ezekiel 34:16

 

© 2019 Linda Willows

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“Muse from a Dance, Song Sung to Me” poem from L.Willows

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Muse from a Dance, Song Sung to Me

O heart, heart where have you been,
you woke with a quake, with love’s rupture in.
Muse from a dance remembered from song,
long ago, long ago; lifted life’s wrong.

O come near, and sweeten, deepen this time-
live again, bind all and wrap her as thine.
Muse from a dance remembered from when,
all of the fragments flew back to time then.

O heart, heart breathe into this air,
fill with the soft, with the peace of love’s dare.
Muse from a dance, song sung to me,
lifted from hope in the way of prayer’s plea.

© 2018 Linda Willows

2 Corinthians 2:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 

“Silence Roars”, a poem from L.Willows

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Silence Roars

Softness glistens, silence roars-
these the waves that press heart doors.
Stealth in walking all towards
ache that births life forward restored.

Candle held to light besides
hands to hold; to walk astride.
Hearts beheld; love does abide,
as we join, our worlds collide.

Softness glisten, silence roars-
these the waves that press heart doors.
All the lives that move towards,
do plea for love of God’s reward.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Proverbs 31:8

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

“Woman Heart Rising” poetry from LWillows

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Woman heart rising, feeling its way
Through a night passing, now in light’s day.
Easing through slivers, through curtains that veil
Hollowed out chambers that speak in a soft wail.

This is a river, one bending and long
Waters so yielding, faithful and strong.
Throughout tides calling, all falling to One
Searching the vast for the ocean’s first Sun.

Woman heart rising, called out to pray,
Full in the stretch of unwinding new day.
Binding the wounds of all valleys that thirst,
Such is the healing that rains in heart’s burst.

© 2018 Linda Willows

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
1 Peter 5:10

And of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16