“Called; like a Song”, a worship poem from L.Willows (God’s Glory, See Jesus, Holy Spirit)

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Why, how- can such music begin to play sweet;
lullaby enters like a dance from far street.
Then comes a season, like a time from ago,
windswept horizons come forward; they know.

Notes play alone, they enter from afar.
There sounds a caller, like a bird from a star.
Float-Cloud upon all the listeners there,
swept from heavens above, in God’s rarefied air.

Hush, hear the music, such notes playing sweet,
lullaby enters like a dance from far street.
Heart, be soft- like a mist in His Day.
Called, like a song in the Ancient One’s way.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Daniel 7:13 -“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.”

“Living in God’s Presence”, Brother Lawrence (conversing with God, knowing God, Faith)

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A friend led me to the Christian 17th century text “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. He conversed with God as a way of living. He expressed, “the love of God was the end of all actions, it was a single motive behind all.” Prayer was constant, devotional and spontaneous throughout the day. At the core of his heart was trust. He speaks of the love of God as coming from knowing Him and that ‘knowing’ as being based upon the growing relationship formed through the holy habit of being in His Presence.

Living in God’s Presence always leads to His loving lead. His Presence pours Love and Mercy immeasurably. We only need to live with and for Him. 

The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence, Fifteenth Letter, his final letter

GOD knows best what is needful for us, and all that He does is for our good. If we knew
how much He loves us, we should be always ready to receive equally and with
indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter; all would please that came from
Him. The sorest afflictions never appear intolerable, but when we see them in the wrong
light. When we see them in the hand of GOD, who dispenses them: when we know that
it is our loving FATHER, who abases and distresses us: our sufferings will lose their
bitterness, and become even matter of consolation.

Know God

Let all our employment be to know GOD: the more one knows Him, the more one
desires to know Him. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper
and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love
of GOD were great we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures.

Seek Him by Faith

Let us not amuse ourselves to seek or to love GOD for any sensible favors (however
elevated) which He has or may do us. Such favors, though never so great, cannot bring
us so near to GOD as faith does in one simple act. Let us seek Him often by faith: He is
within us; seek Him not elsewhere. Are we not rude and deserve blame, if we leave
Him alone, to busy ourselves about trifles, which do not please Him and perhaps offend
Him? ‘Tis to be feared these trifles will one day cost us dearly.

Let our devotion belong only to Him

Let us begin to be devoted to Him in good earnest. Let us cast everything besides out of
our hearts; He would possess them alone. Beg this favor of Him. If we do what we can
on our parts, we shall soon see that change wrought in us which we aspire after. I
cannot thank Him sufficiently for the relaxation He has vouchsafed you. I hope from
His mercy the favor to see Him within a few days. Let us pray for one another.

Brother Lawrence

“Like a Dance that You Called”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Miracles, Faith in God, Prayer)

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Something; a miracle,
wondrously Yours.
Waiting, forsaking,
our motions; enthralled.
Heart mine, fully captured,
like a dance that You called.

This is One prayer
in the midst of many more,
lifted towards wonder,
towards horizons that pour.

Gifts from Love’s bounty,
such Promises kept.
Fullness in the keeping,
lives given; times wept.

Heart mine sweetly softened,
Carved like your clay;
Here for Your sweeping
in miraculous Day.

We gaze at your beauty
and mystified, sigh.
Praying to Holiness
These humbled hearts cry.
Waking to witness,
we come-
You know why.

Something; a miracle,
wondrously Yours.
Hearts fully captured,
Like a dance that has been called.
This is One prayer
for us all, for us all.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Jeremiah 32:27 –“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Matthew 17:20 –He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Mark 9:23 –And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Psalm 86:10-12For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.