“On This Holy Ground”, a worship poem from L.Willows (God’s Glory, God’s Love, Deliverance)

On This holy ground,
from the morn’s view above-
bathed in becoming,
we stand in Love.

Here in the midst,
there in a calm-
soaked in God’s Glory,
hearts held in His palm.

On His holy ground,
we stand, hearts strong-
joined in forever,
called by His song.

There are the words,
Here sounds the call-
Formed in God’s Kingdom
meant for us, All.

Near is such bidding,
sweet is The Voice,
hushed in the winds
of tunnels, time’s choice.

There we are swept
into Joy’s honeycomb,
deep in the mound
that keeps all who roam Home.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Acts 7:33 — Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

Joshua 5:15 —And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Isaiah 43: 18-19 —“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

“A Wind Through Reed’s Prayer”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Blessing, God’s Glory, Called Hearts)

A Wind Through Reed’s Prayer

I have seen a place where we all rise,
where music awaits that lifts clouds to skies.
All of the heavens are opened by a Gate,
there in the roam of a Paradise state.

Kept by a sweetness, I felt someone near-
all of life’s friendships, everyone dear.
Touched by such heart-songs, there I could dance
all of the songs that seemed from life’s trance.

Here in the midst of such love, I was called
in the joy of a river that worshiped, enthralled.
Stepping out from all that keeps us astray
a Threshold beckoned and swept me away.

There were no tears in this quiet place bright.
Sunshine of warmth beckoned all towards the Light.
I cast off a shoe, then the other, then free-
Soon I was dancing with another like me.

I remember the Motion that swept through me there
cast like some other; like a wind through reed’s prayer.
This from a roam at some heavenly Gate
I rose to a journey in the Spirit’s elate.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Psalm 30:11
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

“Drawn into Christ’s Song”, from L.Willows (Scripture, Christ, God’s Spirit)

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This morning I read scripture aloud. I have found that there is something special about taking the time to do this. I imagine that I am ‘there’ as I read, right inside of the words. I especially take my time reading aloud when Jesus is speaking. It lets the tone and fullness of the words flood into my heart as they are spoken.

Often we drift into a “thinking knowledge” of God’s Love and Grace, even memory of Scripture can become dry. It rehearses in our minds and the truth, the real  Spirit behind it fails to capture our hearts in the way that it is intended to. We are not transformed. We need to refresh.

Scripture is alive. It is a living experience, just as our relationship with Christ is alive and living in the present.

There was such delight this morning in reading. All that had become settled and flat in me lifted up and was refreshed. As I read I was so moved by the tenderness and mercy of Our Lord that His Grace flooded me. His Love for me became a palpable Living experience once again.

God’s Spirit moves it through us, like miraculous music that fine-tunes everything that was formerly “singing out but wandered off”, longing for harmony and lulls it back to Love, to God Himself. We are drawn into the chorus of Love. Our hearts are filled again with delight. We are drawn into the Song of Christ.

Isaiah 12.2 –“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Psalm 28.7 –“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I will thank Him with my song.”

Psalm 32.7 –“You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalm 40:3 –“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.”

Psalm 103 1-5 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name…”

Isaiah 42:10 –“Sing to the LORD a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who dwell there.”

Prayer to Worship Well

Father,

Yield my heart to the hearing of your call
help me to turn from the world that I see…
from all that is called “this”-
from matters called “that”
and open my eyes and ears to the majesty of You.

Let me bask for moments, holy
in the stillness of your peace so beautiful and blessed.
Return me to the womb of your Love.

Soften all the calls that are not your own
and draw me into your glorious Song.
I long for you alone.

Soak my heart in your mercy and grace.
Direct my path and strengthen my faith.
Thank you for calling me into your peace,
I praise you for singing such Love into my soul.

In Christ’s Name
Amen

© 2019 Linda Willows