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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sabbath Keeping

~ morning breaks again ~
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." 
~ Genesis 1:1 ~

"O God Who Shaped Creation

O God who shaped creation 
At earth's chaotic dawn,
Your word of power was spoken,
and lo! the dark was gone!
You framed us in your image,
You brought us into birth,
You blessed our infant footsteps
And shared your splendored earth

O God, with pains and anguish
A mother sees her child
Embark on deadened pathways,
Alluring, but defiled;
So too your heart is broke
When hate and lust increase,
When words you birthed and nurtured
Spurn ways that lead to peace.

Although your heart is broken
When people scorn your ways,
You never cease your searching
Through evil's darksome maze;
And when we cease our running,
Your joys, O God, abound
Like joy of searching woman
When treasured coin is found.

O God, when trinkets tarnish
And pleasures lose their charm,
When, wearied by our wandering,
We seek your opened arm,
With motherlike compassion
You share your warm embrace;
You set for us a banquet
And heal us through your grace.

In mercy and compassion
Your goodness is revealed;
With tenderness you touch us,
And broken hearts are healed.
You claim us as your children,
You strip our prideful shame;
With freedom born of mercy,
We bless your holy name!"

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
~ Jesus ~
 If you'd like your name added to the prayer list, please let me know.

Prayer Keeping ~ Liz and her sons ~ William and Catherine ~ Leslie ~ Becky ~ Rick ~Misha ~ J ~ Linda ~ Linda and Skip ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ Dave ~ me ~


  1. What a wonderful poem to start my Sonday with. Thank you :-)

  2. William Reid's poem is very tender and uplifting. I clicked on his name and read the short bio. POW in Germany and then becoming a Methodist Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for sharing this poem with us.

    I am blessed by it.

    God bless you Dear Lady and I pray that you are touched by God this very day.

  3. This poem is just lovely.

    I continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers!


  4. Ah,rest . . . how we all need it. Lifting you up this beautiful Sabbath afternoon.


  5. i especially love the line "in mercy and
    compassion, your goodness is shown."
    so true.

    blessings, sweet friend.

  6. Anonymous2:22 PM EDT

    Sweet, compassion and thoughtful words -- thanks for sharing..hugs

  7. Very beautiful! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and your kind comment. You have a lovely blog, and I will visit again. :)

  8. Lovely my friend. xo

  9. So beautiful, Sandra...


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