“A Wind Through Reed’s Prayer”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Godly Joy, called by God, Loved)

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This poem was from a vivid dream, it was a “heavenly place” that I entered through a gate. It was wondrous, words will never describe it. I was ‘lifted’ into soft love, a paradise, a river, a wind, elation!

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 the gate-
There in the roam of paradise elate.

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 seemed called from life’s trance.

Here in the midst of such love, I was called
The joy of a river that worships, 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; 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.

“True Spiritual Leadership”, Tom Holliday, on Spiritual Leadership, Ethical Leadership (bold prayer, serving others, The Kingdom of God)

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Spiritual Leadership is Bold. You need to remember that you are a Child of God. We each make ethical decisions every day.

Pastor Tom Holliday of Alexandria Presbyterian Church spoke on Sunday in his series on Spiritual Leadership. 

I sat forward, taking notes. These talks have been deeply treasured in the sermons and the small group meetings. I pass along a few quotes.

We need to learn to Pray Boldly.

He emphasized that a Leader is one that is able to be a “Bold Petitioner”.  His meaning was clarified as he went to one target point.

A leader is one that is able to Pray Boldly.

That means much. It meant that he (or she) was able to go before God’s Presence with boldness and ask specifically for what is needed. More, to ask with audacity meaning fearlessness.

That asking was with a pleading that was more than for oneself, it asking with great need and passion because it is on the behalf of others. We plead for others.

(We learn that their burdens are ours to bear. Our lives are not only ours to live. We live for God. God’s Spirit is alive in everyone.)

We all have a “work” to do in this world, he explained. God’s Kingdom is filled with all kinds of people. We are advocates, legislatures, professionals, homemakers, parents, we are the ethical decision-makers in homes everywhere, cities, nations. This is life.

Our lives are not only about ourselves.

We plead in prayer, on the behalf of others for the sake of God’s Kingdom. It is most effective though when we learn to become desperate. 

You might wonder why we need to be so desperate. I did. Pastor Tom continued.

Leaders need to be desperate because they need to see the enemies poised against the Kingdom of God. There is evil perpetrated against the Kingdom of God. You will become desperate.

Leaders remember that they are a Child of God.

He asked, Are you playing it safe or are you saying, I am a child of God? He continues, Who are you pleaded for? Is it for your family?

Again, Pastor Tom asks us to remember that this life is not just about ourselves. Not even just about our own families they fill our hearts tenderly. They teach us to love. In our communities we extend to fellowship, we reach towards one another.  As we grow in life and especially in the life of prayer, we witness that we are part of God’s Family.

We are all part of The Family of God, this is His Kingdom.

Our work is not just for ourselves. Imagine that you were a potter fashioning a work to be sent out, know that everything that you ‘make’ matters. It is useful. Each decision that we make has an effect on all of the lives around us.

He used the word “Ethical-decision makers”. That is all of us. It is our hearts, the clearinghouse within that is subject to God’s review. Each moment contains a “decision” that we are making.

Every decision that we make is an ethical one.

No moment is stagnant. The potency of life is seeded by God within us by His Spirit. Knowing this, can we afford to be wasteful? How can we not realize our potential to be good and effective spiritual leaders? Each person has a role. We can all act and be potent in our lives. Each ethical-decision is ours to make. We are all leaders. Let us Pray Boldly as a part of leadership.

© 2019 Linda Willows

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“Thunder, Thunder, miles of Wonder” worship prose from LWillows

Thunder, thunder, miles of wonder,
Footsteps rumble into outcries asunder.
Drive me yet through lands not dissolved
whose voices will not break into distant resolve.

Rumble, Rumble, miles to wonder,
room to soar yet much to forsake.
The outcry of brethren for their own sky to take.
Their voices roar for a new freedom’s wake.

Cast me with honor, give me soul’s wake.
Thunder, Thunder; all is at stake.
Abba, for each and every one of us, Lord
For this Life, this hour, and all choices we make.

©2018 republish; 2012 Linda Willows

Psalm 18:2
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

2 Corinthians 12:9
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.

It is the Power of The Lord that rumbles and thunders through our hearts and lives when we call out. Throughout the Bible, the LORD was invoked in times of need, times that asked for deepened belief throughout strife. Our calls are always heard.

© 2018 The Beloved