Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Gift 

Joy unlooked for is a gift you bring, O Beloved Master,
a touch of hope within the night
like a promise of light
that tells us darkness has an end.

A drop of everlasting water, this gift you bring,
a touch of balm to soothe the grieving heart
breaking, hopeless, torn apart
lost in remorse for its sin.

A gift that will bloom like the fairest rose, this joy,
a gift held in the hand of our unseen lover,
a kiss from Heaven, there to hover
and soothe the aching of one's soul.

Offered freely by the most generous of hearts, Your gift,
a pearl filled with the promise of heaven,
in purity, perfection,
this is the joy you plant within our hearts.

Be enthroned in my heart, O Master,
You who bought that pearl so bright,
giving your all to give us your light,
the joy that comes from walking with you.

From darkness into the light, hand in hand,
Let me walk with you at my side,
And in the perfect joy that only you can provide,
may I find my true home forever.

Susan E. Stone, 2006


Friday, December 15, 2006

On the Way to Bethlehem 

Dusty was the road that day,
dust and rock and winter sun
where the small young women went
large with child and tired and bent,
down the road with her husband
on the way to Bethlehem.

Others passed them by as they went,
dust and rock and winter sun,
Unknowing of the wonder there,
beneath her heart a thing so rare
going down the road with her husband
on the way to Bethlehem.

She carried an amazing thing
dust and rock and winter sun,
A mystery unfelt, unseen,
by those who passed her travelling
going down the road with her husband
on the way to Bethlehem.

She gave a yes that shook the world,
dust and rock and winter sun
yet others noticed not a thing,
how a poor girl carried the whole world's king
going down the road with her husband
on the way to Bethlehem.

Susan E Stone, 2006

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O Lord of My Life 

O Lord of my life in the night and the day,
My shelter, my home when all else seems to stray,
Your words are my compass, your love is my guide,
O keep me, dear Master, there safe by your side.

In this world of darkness where promises fail,
There is no sure shore, no firm-footed trail
That leads one to peace or into the light
Except through your love which shines there so bright.

O help me to walk in the way where you lead,
My Shepherd, my Guide who provides all I need,
O Comfort of lost ones, o Bright Morning Star,
My peace is with you, my hope where you are.

Susan E. Stone, 2006

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Morning Song 

O in the morning as I rise up,
another day before me,
may my heart rise ever, ever up,
up to You, Lord of me.

Be my vision and my strong rock,
my rest and my way,
May my words be words of yours alone
as I walk, as I stay.

Your heart's the sheltering place,
all peace comes from You,
the rest for all the weary
ever springing anew.

O loving Lord,
You break the bonds of night
with Your loving word
that shines with Heaven's most excellent light.
Be our vision and our strong rock,
today and tonight.

(Inspired by the melody of Carolan's Ramble to Cashel)


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