The Beauty of Shyness

Something that is stilled
A beauty in the deep
Encountering a shyness
That a person keeps

Within our culture now
It’s not a virtue held
But of the contrary
Directness is upheld

Attitude unflinching
All is on display
Trees without their shadows
Boring is the way

The shy have long shadows
Beauty behind eyes
The mystery of life
Reminder of disguise

Reverent invitation
Respectful friend there of
Wordless in our being
Together in one love

Based upon text taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Happening of Drawing

I come to time of prayer
Of duty and routine
Offering the feeble
One of in-between

Stilling of the soul
Reaching towards the light
Speaking of some words
Hoping for insight

So little that I offer
Scraps of which Your fond
A happening of drawing
Drifts into beyond

We dwell in bonding deep
A raising to above
No judgment in the air
Embraced with only love

A touch of holiness
My God which I adore
I’m left with a desire
To only want You more

Daily Light

Hope of new beginning
Of horizons dawn
Resetting of the way
To Your love we’re drawn

Waking in this morning
To gift of daily light
Humble is Your posture
By laying down Your might

Grace of blessing sent
Is placed now at our feet
Example that is served
Of how Your servants greet

If God of all creation
Lays all before me now
I pray that I be little
With a humble bow

Let me lay down all
And follow in Your way
To serve with humble love
In all I meet this day

Merchant

Alone in time of silence
Solitude of peace
To dwell in arms of Savior
World now to release

A merchant fills his stock
With gifts of the divine
Unseen of the precious
Cherished blessings fine

Soaked in with gratitude
The chosen undeserved
Through ear of humble heart
His sweet voice is heard

Set out upon the way
Cart of fragrance sweet
Dispenser of received
To souls designed to meet

Path Towards

They travel on the way
In suffering and pain
Emotion of the nervous
But still they don’t complain

Seeking of a healing
Through a doctors hand
Curing of an illness
Through the work of man

Much more to this story
Of one within the soul
For trust they place in God
In giving him control

Whatever be the outcome
God will still shine through
We pray now for Your grace
The healing hand of You

Peace now cover them
As souls join in to pray
The will of God be done
Blessed within Your way

Water Flows

What is of the water
That resonates with soul
Drawing into flowing
That somehow fills a hole

Waves of smooth transition
Rising into praise
Falling in surrender
Turns an inner gaze

Warmth in lights reflection
Lifts joy of the heart
Covering of blessings
Gift of love impart

God whispers to the heart
Drawn now into prayer
Shining of Your grace
Flowing everywhere

Touches core of knowing
In Spirit of beyond
A body of the flowing
Connecting in the bond

Path Towards

They travel on the way
In suffering and pain
Emotion of the nervous
But still they don’t complain

Seeking of a healing
Through a doctors hand
Curing of an illness
Through the work of man

Much more to this story
Of one within the soul
For trust they place in God
In giving him control

Whatever be the outcome
God will still shine through
We pray now for Your grace
The healing hand of You

Peace now cover them
As souls join in to pray
The will of God be done
Blessed within Your way

Center Becomes You

Time is set aside
In journey of the way
Relationship to foster
To adore and pray

Found a stunning silence
To world a waste of time
As soul settles in
The light begins to shine

Peace beyond all knowing
A drawing needing more
Two hearts intertwining
Both of which adore

Treasure in the finding
As lens finds focus true
Nourished of deep longing
Center becomes You

Wisdom of John

Apostle of our Jesus
Head lay upon His chest
Who stood at foot of cross
He whom He loved best

One whom God kept living
In wisdom of his age
A life rich in the Spirit
We all seek to engage

Filled with many questions
So much we want to know
One answer of the simple
Wisdom to bestow

No matter how we probed
One answer from above
“Oh my little children
Just one another love”

First we are frustrated
That’s all you have to share?
But then it all sinks in
No other can compare

For what if we all lived
According to these words
Treat each with compassion
As a new born bird

Source of being, Jesus
Reflection of above
First thought is from the heart
Outpouring of His Love