I sail

Happy New Year!

I am back with a new poem after my long break. This poem is about looking forward into the New Year and trusting to God for direction on the way.

Next week, I am going to begin posting a series of poems from a special collection I wrote last fall. It’s a personal story of God’s support, love, and goodness through times of upheaval.

God bless

“I sail”

I go to sleep on a dim shore,
drooping eyes trailing after the tide of
the old year as it slips out.

I wake on a raft on endless
water and my heart freezes as quietly
as rain into snowfall. I stare at storms and sunshine
mingled on a ring of horizons.

I have no compass but what I see
by night – let me learn dark vision:
night prayer to draw out the wisdom
for the journey of the day.

I go by Your way: You are
the spirit curled up on the raft,
whispering through storms and
standing to shield me when I
buckle beneath unknowns.

old shores are far gone,
home is an unseen harbor.
I cannot float here.
come, new year:
I sail.

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Nigh

Hello everyone,
 
Continuing my theme of previously shared poems, this poem is one that was written on request from Rev. David Palmer at Newark United Methodist Church. His sermon on John 6:16-21 inspired the words.
 
God bless
 
“Nigh”
John 6:16-21
 
I ride choppy water
long into the night
to fish for a truth,
to seek out the light.
The storm finds me first;
I’ve got nowhere to go.
Doubts toss me aside
from all that I know.
My boat floats away,
my fears crowd and call.
I’m alone on the sea
gripped in a squall.
The shore is far gone,
I’m not sure what to do,
but in these dark moments
that’s when I see You.
Across choppy waters
You walk into the night,
fishing me out
and bringing Your light.
I call out to You
and You answer my cry.
Though I’m here in dark waters
I know that You’re nigh.
   
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