Peace Through the Darkest Seasons of Life

We have just been through a dark season in our lives. The flu hit my family hard this past month and we are finally coming out of it. Where is peace when pain and fever rack our bodies?

 

peace

 

With all the unrest in our country right now and strong, differing opinions, how can we live peacefully? Where do we start?

If we look at our circumstances and try to find it we will be disappointed. Can we find a peaceful existence through what this world can offer? Click To TweetEveryone has their own idea of what constitutes peace. Jesus offers us something different. 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

I can’t really explain it, but my heart is at peace knowing that God is still the Creator and Sustainer of our lives. Some people will not agree with me, and I understand that. All I can do is share from my own experience.

Nature Invokes a Sense of Worship

When the weather is warm I love to be outside to sit and contemplate. For me being out in nature, enjoying creation invokes a desire to worship and praise my God. It also helps to calm my spirit and give a sense of peace. 

Today I have been hard at work with another poem. I created it from the words I found at the online website of Magnetic Poetry. Again I used the nature kit, because I'm always drawn to nature. Click To Tweet

 

Peace Through Dark Times

Air at dawn wild and wet
Daffodil beneath a fresh moist blanket
Rose quietly out of the earth
Warmed by spring sunshine

I will grow through dark seasons
Wander the soft verdant forest path
in a beautiful sacred sanctuary
My soul, a garden of peace
~gayl wright

 

 

My prayer is that you, too, will find the peace that only God can give. This kind of peace gives us hope.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! 

 

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Refine My Heart, Oh God

Refine is the word prompt for this week’s #FiveMinuteFriday. The first thing that came to my mind was a song entitled “The Refiner’s Fire.” It was made popular by Steve Green quite a few years ago. I’ll share a link at the end of this post.

 

Refine

 

As I proceeded to write about the word I was not satisfied, because it didn’t seem to come from my heart. So I deleted the post and almost decided not to write for this week. Then I decided to pray about what I should write, if anything at all. Click To Tweet Next, I switched gears and wrote the following poem. It took a minute or two longer than five, but it is an unrevised free write.

 

Refine My Heart, Oh God


Refine my heart, Oh God
Take out all impurities,
those stony parts
of insensitivity


Make my heart fully flesh
May I love as You love
those weaker ones
who need to know that I care


Enlarge my heart, Oh God
Open my ears to hear
those cries for help
and learn to cry with them


Please purify my heart
Open my blinded eyes
to see beauty
in all your creation

                                                                            ~ gayl wright

 

 

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Feel the Love in this Space Called Home

This Christmas our whole family was here to celebrate together. There were 25 of us plus a baby not yet born. It was a full house, noisy at times but a wonderful treat. Click To TweetI decided to draw from our day to write for the weekly haiku challenge at Ronovan Writes where the words are feel & space.

 

Feel the Love

My 7 kids plus one granddaughter!

 

Special Love

 

Feel the special love

With thirteen kids, twelve adults 

Not much space to spare

 

Feel the Cheer

 

Christmas Cheer

 

Space beneath the tree

Loaded with wonderful gifts

Feel the Christmas cheer

Hope you enjoyed my haiku. If you’d like to join in and write your own be sure to link up in the comments at Ronovan Writes!

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Kiss of Betrayal Led to Resurrection Life

These haiku were inspired by Scripture and the two word prompt for this week’s haiku challenge at Ronovan Writes, which are the words Kiss & Taste.

You may wonder why I am writing about the death and resurrection of Jesus during this time of Advent. If you think about it, it’s not unusual since this is the reason Jesus came that night in Bethlehem. It's a story of God's love and grace that brings to us real joy, light and peace. Click To Tweet

A night spent in prayer
Then came a kiss to betray
What a bitter taste

Kiss of betrayal

But all was not lost
Lips of evil would bring death
A taste of turmoil

BUT

Out of death came life
A resurrected Savior
Taste this kiss of light

Jesus, born to die
Offered Himself in our place
Taste this gift of love

NOW

Everything is fresh
Death’s hold has lost its power
Come taste of new life

Morning breaks in song
Dew sparkles with sun kissed light
Taste of untold joy
                                                                                   ~ gayl wright

Haiku were inspired by the following scripture passages:

Matthew 26:45-49 (NIV)

Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 

Matthew 28:1-7 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

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