Why do I have to have these feelings?
The longing in my heart is overwhelming.
Too often I have felt like this …
needing something more in my life.
The tightness in my chest threatens
to release a rush of emotions
that promise a torrent of tears
until I am drained and left
to drift off to sleep exhausted and spent.
If I could cry, I could release my emotions,
but the soothing, sweet relief at the end would be welcomed.
Instead, they remain trapped inside me.
Yet, I am thankful for every agonizing second,
ever reminding me of how much I need You in my life …
keeping me humble …
bringing my attention once again to You,
rather than to another or to my own, selfish desires.
I am thankful for the inner stirrings
placed by You within my disquieted spirit,
which once again direct my eyes to You
and cause me to seek You
to fulfill my deepest longings …
to fill the void that only You can.
Oh, to feel Your loving embrace,
gentle, yet strong, comforting me
and bringing me renewed strength.
Dance with me in my dreams, Lord.
Guide me gracefully around the ballroom floor
between the great, golden pillars …
surrounded by the peaceful serenity of Your glory cloud …
lost in the fulfillment of dreams come true…
Your radiant smile and twinkling eyes
never removing their focus from me,
yet aware of all of creation
and still able to devote their gaze to all,
who need You in that very moment.
Walk with me, arm in arm, smiling joyfully,
along peaceful paths in the serenity of Your garden,
with the gentle breeze tousling our hair …
the trees swaying graciously
as if to bow to Your very presence as we pass by …
the melodic sound of the crystal water gently flowing in the stream
as the current carries it over the smooth stones,
each one placed precisely
to play a symphony of praises to You …
and the fragrance of the flowers and elaborate greenery
wafting up to caress our senses in worshipful reverence
of Your majesty in their midst.
No words even need to be spoken.
The sheer wonder of Your presence is all sufficient …
meeting every need ...
fulfilling every longing …
quieting every fear …
stirring the joy within me that You placed there
before the beginning of time.
I can continue this journey despite the
desperate longings threatening to envelope
my existence and pull me down into the depths of despair,
because I know You promised to never leave me.
You are there…
when I lay my head upon my pillow at night.
You are there…
when I wake in the morning,
searching my innermost being for the strength
to rise and endure another day.
You are there…
with me in all of my comings and goings.
You are there …
only a breath away.
I have only to close my eyes and breathe You in deeply.
You are incorporated into every fiber of my being;
dissolving all of my fears;
comforting my disquieted soul;
strengthening my resolve to give thanks in all I do;
bringing reality to the knowledge of the futility
of efforts to live my life without You;
so thankful for the blessings You have rained on my life;
cherishing the unconditional love You give me;
focusing my thoughts on everything that is good;
bringing my spirit in tune with You;
causing Your thoughts to be my thoughts.
My heart becomes attentive to Your voice
and praises flow from my lips to the Most High God,
Who reigns in majesty above all the heavens and the earth.
Glory to You my Lord and King!
You alone are worthy of all honor and praise.
You alone are my God,
my Strong Tower,
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