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26th February 2017 – Joy and Delight

26th February 2017 – Joy and Delight
February 24, 2017 Judith Simms

A treasured painting was returned to me

After a long absence.

It was with such joy that

I unwrapped its well loved face and gazed upon it –

Its familiarity blazing with memories

Of family days on Lakeland fells.

 

Will it be like that, I dare to ponder,

Loving God,

When finally we come into your presence,

Having crossed the boundary

Between this world

And wherever Heaven might be?

 

Will we gaze stupefied,

Fall down in worship?

Will we recognise the One

Whose face and heart has been the reason for our living?

How can we know?

Sometimes, most Gracious God,

I wonder whether it will be

The way we each expect,

And therefore different for each.

Other times I feel

The awesome fact of seeing the reality

Of who you truly are,

Will be beyond my mind to hold.

 

You are God beyond all that is or was or will be,

And yet, and yet,

Somehow you chose to meet us as a baby!

And so I ponder,

I dare to pose the thought

That I might see the loved face

And be overcome and warmed

With an almost familiar

Joy and delight.

 

Reading:   Revelation 21:1-4

STF 17   With gladness we worship, rejoice as we sing

           5   Father, in whom we live

 

 

Prayers for February by Hazel Parsons