Beside Still Waters

by Blue Heron

Beside still Waters
 
walking along the narrow line of sand
ocean waters still 
all the way to vanishing point; 
early spring sun luxurious on my face.
 
this day a gift at close of Lent
the stillness outside in nature a relief
from the turmoil within.
 
near tears
I am painfully aware how little I trust 
anyone. let alone You.
after all the love You have shown strong
and constant
down the years of my life;
I yet falter.
 
I am still so much the child,
nine years old again
when the porcelain shattered
and I determined to take care of myself.
 
here, at the close of Lent I revisit
the wilderness within
I reach to place my hand in yours.
 
come, oh do come with me
kind Jesus
to see in those darkened places
the thread that led me to you.
 
“my song is Love unknown, a Savior’s love to me
love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.
oh who am I, that for my sake,
my Lord should take frail flesh and die”.
 
Beach-Shore
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About Blue Heron

My wife and I became members of the Community in 1975. We had come to the Community prior to that time on various retreats from our church in Connecticut. I landed an elementary teaching career in 1976 and taught in that same school until 1999. We raised two sons (now married) who are both now professed members of the Community. We have three grandchildren and three granddogs. I continue to work in the public school teaching science on a part time basis, and also serve as advisor and part time teacher for a group of parents who homeschool in the Community. My wife works as a dental assistant. Life in the Community has expanded my borders far beyond what I would have imagined. Over the years I have sung with the choir, participated in Gregorian Chant, served as chalice bearer, made stained glass, been part of a writing group, built sets for Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sung in them. The list goes on. I cannot think of a better environment to raise a child. And I cannot think of any place that would have challenged more, and kept me moving forward as a Christian father and husband. I have been over my head and lifted above the waters. I am looking back in gratitude, and forward in hope.

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