“Whispering Futures”, a worship poem from L.Willows (The Joy, God’s Presence, Root of Jesus, The Vine)

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There rises a Tree, tall and strong
branched wide, they stretch far and long.
Aching not breaking, seeking the Sun’s light.
Found in the midst of a deep forest’s blight.

“Weep no more, come beside my shade
beneath the earth’s deepened root’s glade.
listen to the stories, reaching to tell-
cupped in God’s Spirit, watered well.”

Clouds run to treetops, they gather to sing,
whispering futures that angel harps ring.
Mists rise from root to branches that sway,
There, comes tomorrow -in the Light of new Day.

In the joy of the last weeping, all stand tall to tell,
“Of the Tree that rises, tall and strong
branches wide, they stretch far and long,
aching not breaking, in His Spirit, found well.

The new Morning Star Testifies of the Root
Gathering, atop amidst the clouds billowing pursuit,
Branching that reach, in joyous flight home-
bearing the mercies of Love’s Godly roam.

Whispering futures from long ago gift.. 
Clouds float to treetops that reach angel songs drift.
Aching not breaking, we are drawn to the Sun’s Light
Home There -rises Root, that bears God’s Invite.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Revelation 22:16 -“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Zechariah 8:12 —or there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.

Revelation 2:7 —He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

“Speak my Heart, Hope”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Prayer, Faith, God’s Peace)

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Speak my heart, hope – it longs, it lasts,
throughout and until these times, it 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.
It whispers of Your Glory and bows with praise.
Tomorrow, find blessings for each and for all,
let us be a new dawn in Love’s mighty call.

© 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.

“Tomorrow’s New Mercies” from L.Willows (hope, new mercies, faith)

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Today, the love of the Lord was good. His mercy filled my life.

I feel grateful for many moments that caused me to smile and reflect on His love. There were helpful people that came along surprised me with sweetness. And there was also a moment when my sense of security was shaken by some unexpected news.

About an hour before that I almost lost my equilibrium because someone had been ill-tempered with me. It took me by surprise. I recall that I actually ordered my heart to remember that I needed to respond with calm and forgiveness; to witness the space between us alter. It did. I envisioned that Christ loved her through my heart. (I did not have the capacity on my own, my heart was shutting down) It was His mercy. I felt His Love filling my heart at that moment and moving out to hers.

God’s Mercy pursues.

She began to shift. In some moments I noticed that her tone of voice changed and she was almost humming. I enjoyed being with her. I thought to myself that I must have misunderstood her, something might have been going on in her own life beyond what I could understand at the moment that she had been angry. Christ knew her heart. He loved her is just the way she needed to be loved. His mercy found her ‘in the moment’. 

Sometime later as I relaxed and assumed that all was well, the same woman had the task of giving me some unfortunate news. I was so grateful that she was kind. Everyone was extremely kind. I was the one that needed to be flooded with God’s love. I was momentarily shocked and mumbled that I had no answers.

I actually said, “Could God have some time with this?”

They looked at me rather surprised but not really. We were all believers but I don’t think that they realized how much I believed that God is faithful to us.  I realize that we are living out the details of our lives and these were some real-world details. I was the one that would suffer in this situation, just me. So the issue of trusting God and relying on His mercy was on my heart not with the good folks that I was with. I felt that God was also in charge of time and place as well. He may wish to show the answer to this tomorrow.

Now it is the end of the day. I review all that happened. I have no answers but I call to mind that the Lord’s love is constant. If I look back in the past year there were so many times that I faced more difficult moments. I prayed earnestly for His help.

He was always walking with me. He heard every word. I have become convinced that God hears the smallest sighs of our hearts. He even knows when our breath suspends in fear. God is always beside each of us.

At the end of this day, I have no answer but I have hope because I have seen how merciful He is. When I rest, I will know peace because tomorrow the Lord brings new mercies. It can be hard to fathom after some difficult days in difficult times but it is true with God.

His mercies never end. They are new each day just as the fullness of His love for us is. We cannot take from yesterday or borrow from tomorrow.

The bounty of what God gives to is poured from moment to moment, it is born of His blessed Love.

Tomorrow will be merciful because God is.

Tomorrow the Love of the Lord will be good. There may be “moments”, but He is with us. His mercies are new every morning.

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
—Lamentations 3:21-23

© 2020 Linda Willows