“There You Are”, a poem from L.Willows (God’s Grace, Hope, A New Day)

There You Are

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings,
I see you smiling.
Your eyes are sparkling with the dances
that light in a new horizon.


You are gathering,
swelling, like waters that fill into rivers
that pour Love into view,
You are new.

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings
I see you healed,
your sweetened heart revealed.
Your life joins with beloveds,
in an eternal embrace.
You are in the arms of grace.

There you are
in the dawn
that rises up to meet you,
wrapped by the most tender mercies
and a blanket of prayers.

There.
Entwined, encouraged and seen.
You are with each good thing.
You are inside of hope’s dream.
There. I see you.

There you are.
my Dearest
not a far smile away
,
waking in the Promise of a bold new Day.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Philippians 3:13-14 —Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 —He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Isaiah 43:18-19 —“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

“Praising on This Holy Day”, A Christmas Prayer from The Beloved

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Praising on This Holy Day

Lord, we reach to you with Praise on this holy day,
our heads bowed before the majesty of your glory.
We gather with hearts filled with gratitude
for all that we have been given by your grace and spirit.
We praise you for the bounty and beauty of this day,
for wonder, tender mercies and for your Holy presence amidst.
Lord, we praise you for the fullness of your Love.

Your Beloved heart loves and reaches men, women, and children everywhere.
You hear every prayer. You answer our calls.
You save us in the darkest of nights and in hours of the early dawn.
You are a guardian that keeps us safe and protected throughout all times.
You are constant.
We can call upon you and know that your strength and power is there, here.
Your promises are kept. Help us to be promise keepers as well.
You fill our hearts will the power of your word and your love.

Lead us towards Peace.
Give us minds and hearts with peaceful ways towards one another and all of life.
Help us to be individuals, families, and communities that live love together and outward.
Help us to have merciful hearts and lives that harvest mercy.
Help us to discern and know the ways of goodness in this world.
Be our Shepherd Lord, and guide us each day.

May we not cause you to weep, Lord.
Though you have reason to bend over this ark of yours 
and stretch over the skies with your great arm and stir the winds,
Love us with the Forgiveness that as you always embraced us with.
You, alone have the power to lift and raise us all to you because you are one that redeems and saves. Place us securely in your loving care.

You caused us to be born, to hear your voice, to come to grace.
By your Spirit, we are born to eternal love.
Lord, we ask that our hearts be like empty cups, able to receive.
Let us be humbled by knowing our weakness and dependence upon you
who is our great Shepherd, the source of all strength,
all confidence and all that is everlasting.

Help us, Lord, to heal what is wounding within.
Help us to be gentle, soft and kind to one another,
To learn to live as brother and sister in a world that is disconnecting faster than it appears to be unifying.
Help us to deepen in faith as we face challenges in life.
When trials come upon us. Lord- turn our hearts to you.
May you be our constant view.

Lord, we are giving you praise. Let us all become the Beloveds of you.
Help us to tender our hearts so that we are supple servants.

We praise your goodness, the everlasting way that directs all towards Light.
We give thanks for the generosity of God.
We offer gratitude and praise for the grace of God.
We bow before the divine Holiness of God.
We honor the Kingdom of God and its Glory forever.
And offer everlasting thankfulness
to Our Lord and King for His sacrifice on this Holy Day.

In Jesus Name, Amen

©2018 Merry Christmas from The Beloved

Psalm 119:76-77, Comfort from God’s word in a time of affliction; Commentary by David Guzik

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from Enduring Word Bible, Commentary David Guzik; Psalm 119

Psalm 119:75-77 Comfort from God’s word in a time of affliction.
“I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.”

a. Your judgments are right… in faithfulness You have afflicted me: His attention upon God’s word has given the Psalmist wise and godly perspective even in seasons of suffering. He can proclaim the rightness of God’s judgments even when he is afflicted.

i. It is one thing to say, “God has the right to do with me as He pleases.” It is a greater thing to say that His judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

ii. “David not only acknowledges God’s right to deal with him as he saw fit, and even his wisdom in dealing with him as he actually had done, but his faithfulness in afflicting – not his faithfulness though he afflicted – but in afflicting him; not as if it were consistent with his love, but as the very fruit of his love.” (Bridges)

iii. This was the place Job eventually came to through his long and desperate struggle through the Book of Job. He came to know that the judgments of the LORD were right, and even understood God’s faithfulness in affliction.

· Job could say in his affliction, blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

· Eli could say in his affliction, It is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him (1 Samuel 3:18).

· David could say in his affliction, Let him alone, and let him curse, for so the LORD has ordered him (2 Samuel 16:11).

· The Shunammite mother could say in her affliction, It is well (2 Kings 4:26).

b. Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word: The Psalmist prayed on solid ground, asking on the basis of promises made in God’s word. With such promises, he asked for merciful kindness in his affliction.

i. According to Your word: “Our prayers are according to the mind of God when they are according to the word of God.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “Lord, these promises were made to be made good to some, and why not to me? I hunger; I need; I thirst; I wait. Here is thy hand-writing in thy word… I am resolved to be as importunate [persistent to the point of annoyance] till I have obtained, and as thankful afterwards, as by they grace I shall be enabled… Thy promises are the discoveries of thy purposes, and vouchsafed [graciously given] as materials for our prayers; and in my supplications I am resolved every day to present and tender them back to thee.” (Prayer of Monica, the mother of Augustine; cited in Bridges)

c. Your word to Your servant: The Psalmist rightly received the Word of God as something personal to himself. It was not only a word to mankind in general, or even the covenant people; it was something personal to the Psalmist himself (Your servant).

d. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight: The Psalmist prayed with the understanding that God’s tender mercies came to him through the Word (law) of God. By staying close to God’s word and letting it fill his life, he also received God’s tender mercies.

i. “The mercies of God are ‘tender mercies,’ they are the mercies of a father to his children, nay, tender as the compassion of a mother over the son of her womb. They ‘come unto’ us, when we are not able to go to them.” (Horne)

ii. Without the gift of these tender mercies we find ourselves lost and discouraged. “All the candles in the world, in the absence of the sun, can never make the day. The whole earth, in its brightest visions of fancy, destitute of the Lord’s love, can never cheer nor revive the soul.” (Bridges)

iii. “Yet we have no just apprehension of these tender mercies, unless they come unto us. In the midst of the wide distribution, let me claim my interest. Let them come unto me.” (Bridges)

© 2018 David Guzik