“Speak my Heart, Hope”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Prayer, Hope, Blessing)

Speak my heart, hope –
it longs, it lasts,
throughout and until
in these times, Love casts.

Let me be like a child,
taking sweet cover
in the great mist
of our God’s Great Hover.
How His peace stills,
how it becomes
like a sky wrapping
soft clouds in its’ other.

Speak my heart – hope,
it longs, it prays.
Whisper calls of Your Splendor,
bows low with praise.

Tomorrow –find blessings
for each and for all,
in the new dawn day sweetness
of Love’s mighty call.

Let me run like your child
on the wind clouds
of time
with eyes set upon
the Glory sublime.

Speak my heart, hope
it will live and outlast
season through season
in eternity’s vast.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Numbers 6:24-26 –The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Psalm 31:19 –How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

John 16:33 –I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

“Take Us To Church”, a worship poem from L.Willows (A Holy Temple, Christ Jesus, Belonging to God)

Take Us to Church

Take us to church this morning, this day.
Take all our hearts in a chorus that prays,
singing together in praises that say-
We belong to you forever, and cannot stay away.

In this Gathering-Home, Your own place alone,
we rest with you Jesus – from all of life’s roam.
Hushed in the midst of Your Spirit’s delight,
calmed in the Love of Your Kingdom’s invite.

Take us to church in the promise of Life.
Sanctify us as we gather through strife.
Bless every heart that enters Your Door.
that thirsts and drinks, and receives The Lord’s pour.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Psalm 100:3 —Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Ephesians 2:19-22 —So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

John 10:9-10 -I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

“From a Vast Honeycomb”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Called by God, the Promise)

FROM A VAST HONEYCOMB BY L.WILLOWS

Here from behind, here from between,
We – some, in the midst, bear burdened heart dreams.

Long ago calls echo, they imprint, they rebound,
Like the years shedding, to find a new sound.
Some, like lost rising from a vast honeycomb,
Surge as from Ocean, like a wave coming Home.

Who leads the way and bears all at the fore,
Keeps hearts in the midst of the cries at the Door.
Hearing the calls, wearing the fray
that swells in tide’s mist, at the promise of Day.

Here from behind, here from between,
We in your midst, bear the dream of Love seen.
Some, like lost rising from a vast honeycomb,
Surge as from Ocean, like a wave coming Home.

Long ago calls echo, they imprint, they rebound,
Like the years shedding, to find a new sound.

© 2019 Linda Willows

In each of our lives, there are heart callings, needs, trials. We are beckoned to boldly lift our vision above and beyond what is “shedding” and loosening itself before us. Much cries out to be sacrificed. We are faced with difficult choices yet we often don’t realize that there is always a choice, that nothing ever stays the same. We discover the ‘new sound’, God’s mighty call – that compels us to step into something that is different than before. We are constantly reborn to deepening expanses of love and awakening to God if we walk with courage. The Psalms speak of God’s nearness to us from the beginning. His promises are true. He goes before us each. When we reach out, there is a mighty arm reaching for us.

Psalm 75:1
We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your name is near. The people declare Your wondrous works.

Psalm 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.

Lamentations 3:57
You drew near when I called on You; You said, “Do not be afraid.”