Daily Inspiration, 28 Nov 16

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis

“We are unfinished creatures – longing, reaching, stretching towards fulfillment.”
Eugene Peterson

“As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.”
A.W. Tozer

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…”
Ephesians 2:6

MY PRAYER today is for reach.  That as he reaches down to us, we might reach out to him.   It is not safe to open our doors to everyone. There are some we open our hearts to willingly, and others very slowly and carefully. There are those to whom we open a crack, ready to close our doors at a moment’s notice, and there are those we shut out altogether.  We learn as we go along. We learn to lick our wounds, and to walk in that strange human condition of caution and faith.  And yet, despite the breaches of trust, or the knocks in our confidence, we have a hope.  A hope that lightens the darkest of nights, and distinguishes the path ahead of us.    Our hope is in His resurrection.  Our hope is in His place, which becomes our place, when we take hold of His hand.  A place of safety, and of certainty.  A place where we can stand, and in company with him, proceed.

The Remains of the Day

You have resurrected me.
You, who rose once and for all,
lean down each new day,
restore me with your loving hand
replace me where I stand.

You who have resurrected me,
have taught me how to rise,
to undo all the ropes,
and the remains of the day
which keep me tied.

You my resurrection,
are my high and holy place.
From which I can see
from a different vantage,
and renew my perspective.

You who are resurrected,
teach me how to follow.
Show me where my eyes
and heart must rest,
lead me to living waters.

You, my resurrection
restore me to your side.
And cleanse me
from the ashes
of the days left behind.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry
Nov 16

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These are drawn from daily prayers and reflections I write my Chaplaincy colleagues.

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