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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: Sweet Communion
By Marcell Billinghurst


So often we become overwhelmed with the pressures of our busy lives and we become overtired or burnt out.

At other times we may be facing a time when we are not able to go out to work, or cope with our daily tasks because of injuries or health problems. God has had to teach me this lesson in my own life.

It is not always easy to accept we need help, or to take time out to just rest. We think we should be able to do it ourselves. When we try to do everything in our own strength, we often become stressed out and begin to crumble.

It is during those times we need to learn the grace to receive. To be willing to allow others to help us when we need it.

Jesus bids us to come unto Him when we are weary and He will give us rest.

When we take the time to just rest in the Lord and spend that time with Him. He gives us the peace and strength and abilty to cope with our daily lives.

Sweet Communion

Come aside with Jesus
to spend some time alone,
a time of sweet communion
with Christ who is our own.
A time apart from busyness,
from turmoil and from strife,
a time of sweet reflection
on the mysteries of life.
A time of resting in our Lord,
of learning to be still,
to have the time to sit and pray
and seek our Saviours Will.
A haven from the trials of life,
the things that seem unkind.
In quietness and confidence,
He brings us peace of mind.
Jesus bids us come to Him
and lay our burdens down,
knowing He will bear them up
and one day grant a crown.
Give Him all the cares you have,
commit them to His hand,
assured that He will take them all
and He will understand,
for He has promised in His Word
He will not forsake,
He knows all that you’re facing,
decisions you must make.
Come aside, give thanks to God,
for all His loving care,
knowing that He sees your needs
and hears your every prayer.

© By Marcell Billinghurst

Member Comments
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Lisa Bumgarner06/28/04
Lovely poem!
Bertie Patano06/28/04
Marcell, you have a gift for writing sweet poems with meanings to bless the reader's heart. How long have yoy been writing poetry?
Amber Forbis06/29/04
I really liked your poem,
the rhyming scheme didn't take away from your thoughts, and it flowed very nicely,
L.M. Lee06/29/04
learning how to receive has been a real struggle for me...nice poem.
Deborah Porter 06/29/04
Marcell, I do agree with Bertie's comment. You have such a lovely gift with writing this type of poem. Your poems always bless the heart.

One tiny little thing in the second paragraph of the introduction, you repeated the word "time" in very close proximity. (Nit picky I know) ;-) Something like "On other occasions" would have fixed that. But very minor, as I said Marcell. You know I love your beautiful, sweet, gentle poems. Love, Deb
Helen Dowd 06/30/04
A very soothing message, and I liked your poem. One small mistake that could be easily fixed: "and seek our Saviours Will." Should be "Saviour's will." (possessive). But such a small thing does not take away from a lovely restful poem, straight from the heart.
Mary Elder-Criss07/02/04

You have a gift for writing sweet poetry which reflects our Savior's love for us. It truly did bring me to a place of rest. Thank you for sharing. ~Mary
Theresa Knight07/02/04
Good Job! Very true
Donna Hogue07/05/04
This poem could be a song! How moving!!! I love it!
Geri Rosser09/30/04
Marcell, Thanks for your comments on my poem "Conquered." I have the habit (after just on week) of looking at the writings of my commentators, and noticed your "Sweet Communion" article. It ministered to my heart, and reminded me of a song I wrote several years ago by the same title. Thanks for your soothing poetry! --Geri