Poetry

PIECES

DO THE BROKEN PIECES GATHER LORD

TO MAKE ME WHOLE AGAIN

THE TATTERED, SHATTERED, CRUSHED DESIRES

THAT I WISH HAD BEEN

IS THERE RESOLUTION

FOR THE PAIN OF THE PAST

A HAND TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME

A LOVE THAT WILL LAST

IS THERE REALLY HOPE LORD

WHEN HOPELESSNESS SURROUNDS

A BALM TO HEAL LIFE’S DEEPEST SCARS

A PEACE THAT WILL ABOUND

I WAIT WITH OPEN, EXPECTANT HEART,

TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE PLANNED.

AND TRUST THAT WHAT YOU HAVE FOR ME,

THAT YOU WILL HELP ME STAND.

LJD

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Photography by Linda Jane Dingeldein

 

 

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

IS IT ANY WONDER

MY HEART IS ANXIOUS STILL

FORGETTING ALL HE’S PROMISED

NEGLECTING TO BE STILL

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

MY BITTER SOUL CRIES OUT

DRENCHED WITH ENDLESS SORROW

CONSUMED BY FEAR AND DOUBT

 

IT IS ANY WONDER

THE TEARS DO CEASELESS FLOW

NOT STOPPING TO BE NEAR HIM

NOT KNOWING WHERE TO GO

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

THE SUN HAS CEASED TO SHINE

THE DARK CLOUDS OF TOMORROW

LOOM BIGGER ALL THE TIME

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

I’VE BARELY HEARD MY NAME

WHISPERED FROM THE HEAVENS

AGAIN, AND AGAIN

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

HE PATIENTLY AWAITS

LONGING TO BE NEAR ME

TO GIFT ME WITH HIS GRACE

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

I COLLAPSED WITH NEEDLESS GRIEF

LAYING AT THE FEET OF HIM

WHO LONGS TO GIVE RELIEF

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

HIS ARMS ARE OPEN WIDE

HE LIFTS ME GENTLY TO HIM

HOLDS ME CLOSELY TO HIS SIDE

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

I SOB INTO HIS CHEST

KNOWING THAT I’VE FINALLY FOUND IN HIM

MY PLACE OF PEACE AND REST

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

HE WIPES AWAY MY TEARS

SPEAKS PEACE INTO MY WEARY SOUL

AND BREAKS DOWN ALL MY FEARS

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

HE CALMS MY ANXIOUS HEART

AND TURNS MY EYES TOWARDS HEAVEN

AND GIVES ME A FRESH START

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

MY LORD IS EVER NEAR

HIS SPIRIT LIVES INSIDE ME

RESIDING EVER THERE

 

IS IT ANY WONDER

I DO NOT NEED TO FEAR

THE ABUNDANCE OF LIFE’S TRIALS

FOR MY SAVOIR LIVES HERE.

IS IT ANY WONDER?

LJD

“GIVE ALL YOUR WORRIES AND CARES TO GOD,

FOR HE CARES ABOUT YOU.”

1 PETER 5:7 (NLT)

Linda Jane Dingeldein: Different by Design
Photography by Linda Jane Dingeldein

 

 

Compassion

God, help me to see you in this situation

Help me to know you’re there.

To rest upon You completely

In an attitude of prayer.

To speak when the Spirit prompts

With holiness and truth.

To listen with a heart of care

May my grace exude.

Fill me with your Spirit’s power

As you nudge me to speak.

That in this holy hour

I would boldly be.

The sharpness of an arrow

That strikes the heart of lies.

Hitting its mark of anything

Against the Word of Christ.

Encouragement to the wounds

Compassion filled with grace.

A vessel emptied of myself

For Jesus took my place.

LJD

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Rise Up

Come alive My Daughter

To all that you are

Live fully in step

With My Creation power

Shed off the grave clothes

That have weighed you down

Trappings of self-pity

Keeping you earth bound

Rise up and live

Oh, Woman of grace

Move joyfully in step with My plan

Freedoms pace

Cast off entanglements

Disappointments, pain

Leave the past in the grave

Lay down your shame

Break out with praise

From the cold, hard ground

Push up and see

New life to be found 

Yield yourself fully

To all I have planned

I am in you and with you

I’ll help you to stand

For out of the ash heap

From under the dirt

Restoration and beauty

Joy and Rebirth.

LJD

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Embraced

Take me in your arms, Dear Father,

Let me rest, safe in this place.

Encompass me with endless mercy,

Wrap me tight with love and grace.

Keep me from the weight of sorrow.

Ever pressing down on me,

Let me feel your safe, sweet harbor,

Offer now this sweet reprieve.

Sustain my weary soul, blessed Savior.

Restore my faith these trials have crushed,

Remind me that you love me dearly,

Soothe me with your tender touch.

Listen to my prayer, Lord Jesus

I cry out, “Please rescue me!”

Lest I falter in this journey,

Turn my feet to follow thee.

Infuse my mind with your pure wisdom,

Fill me now to do Thy will,

Bind my ever straying spirit,

Calm my fears and make them still.

Search my heart for wrong intentions,

Try my ever wandering ways,

Forgive me for the sins I’ve harbored,

Cleanse me now, with this I pray.

Release me from your holy presence

Set me down from your embrace,

I’m ready Lord to do Thy pleasure,

Send me forth with joy and praise.

LJD

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Photography by Linda Jane Dingeldein

 

Sheets Set Sail

                                                                                

Sheets set sail

in springs early morn

Soaring, snapping

with the rhythm of the wind

Playfully, jostling

jumping in time

Desiring for daydreams

on loftier lines.

All too soon

the fun will cease

As the birth of night

gives way to sleep

The skies playground

gives way to stars

As sheets become

what they were created for.

So, sail up high

capture the breeze

Soak in the rays

of the suns warm heat

For this brief moment

you can be what you desire

For at night your dreams

will all become ours.

Linda Jane Dingeldein: Different by Design
Photography by Linda Jane Dingeldein