Floating in Contemplation

Contemplation is like
Learning how to float
In a pool of water
A process here to note

Clinging to the side
Hanging on in fear
Developing a sense
Of confidence now here

Learning how to trust
Slowly our feet lift
Gently letting go
We begin to drift

Into the unseen
Letting trust flow through
Presence in the water
That is supporting you

A process of learning
Of trusting to share
In an unseen presence
Likewise to, in prayer

Thoughts from Teresa of Avila

A simple thought for you
Truths to sink herein
In the depths of soul
May there be peace within

May you not forget
The infinite to see
That you are born of faith
Of possibilities

May you use those gifts
Ones that you’ve received
Passing on the love
Upon you God has heaved

May you be content
As child of God be
Let nothing frighten you
God watches over me

Let this Presence settle
Into your bones, bring
The freedom of the soul
To love and praise and sing!

Quotes from Teresa of Avila

Pure Prayer

When in our prayer
We find it confusing
If we strive to achieve
This time we’re misusing

If it’s about us
We control and must do
This way of prayer might
Be inhibiting you

Allow mind to be
Without sensations
Just in His Presence
With no expectations

Resting in stillness
Just rest and be
Just letting go
To give all of me

In depths of God’s being
Rest beyond resting
Wait beyond waiting
Be beyond being

Resting in God
To be in Him here
Being in His being
Is a form of pure prayer

You Find Me in the Garden

A place you planted hope
A refuge of retreat
Hands deep in the soil
Creator you did meet

On your knees connecting
A simple act of grace
Your Spirit of desire
Brings beauty to this place

Though years have now passed by
Etched In memory
Connection bound in love
The place that you find me

In touch of morning light
Whispering flows through
For it’s in the garden
That I connect with you

Blossoms

The light shining bright
A moment in May
A birthing of blossoms
Twas your birthday

In kindness you grew
A compassionate heart
Growing of blossoms
Of a humble start

Dream that came true
On your wedding day
Such beautiful blossoms
A flowing bouquet

A wife devoted
Your love to relay
A sharing of blossoms
To your children, convey

Through self-sacrifice
Of inner strength pray
A fragrance of blossoms
From seeds that you laid

And when your day came
We sent you on the way
Through falling blossoms
On your casket they lay

Throughout all my life
Of nature’s display
Your Spirit of blossoms
With me here stay

Fruit of Your Prayer

A challenge before us
Sent on the way
Great of the needing
We asked you to pray

A true faithful friend
Great comfort to be
We knew in our soul
The Lord covering me

Blessing us peace
Deep in our soul
Of comforts surrender
The Lord’s in control

And now we return
We are here to say
Of miracles lived
A witness this day

Great are the blessings
The fruit of your prayer
Let us rejoice
In His glory to share

For Such A Time as This

Endowed with a mission
One within the way
To rescue our beloved
You are sent this day

Life of preparation
Of wisdom to subsist
A servant of the Lord
For such a time as this

You go not alone
One body that we share
Comfort in the knowing
Covered by our prayer

Flowing of the Spirit
Showered in His Grace
Wrapped in His protection
Safe in His embrace

With humble confidence
Of your gifts prepared
Letting His love say
Evil has no power here

Help us to remember
Truth known in our soul
Foundation of our faith
The Lord is in control