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    22nd July 2017 – Haiku

    22nd July 2017 – Haiku
    July 20, 2017 Judith Simms

    Balanced on the edge – a Haiku Reflection or a modern day Psalm!

     

    Precariously

    Balanced on the very edge

    Looks impossible

     

    How deep are the roots?

    What precision holds it there?

    How does it not fall?

     

    How often in life

    Do we feel that we are on

    The edge of a cliff?

     

    That as we reach out

    We seem to be grasping air

    Below us – nothing

     

    But for those who trust

    The God who created us

    Will not let us fall

     

    For how deep the roots

    How strong the sense of balance

    How firm the holding

     

    “Fear not my children,

    I am here and I hold you

    In My outstretched hand

     

    Put your hope in Me

    Trust and do not be afraid

    For I am with you”

     

    Loving and Holy God,

    When we feel precarious, on the edge or just about hanging on in there, may our weaknesses become Your strength, our problems become Your opportunities and our defeats, Your victories, So that Jesus may shine through us and Your name be glorified. Amen

     

    A Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry – I was taught that the first and third lines have five syllables and the middle line has seven. I find this is a really good way of concentrating what I want to say or express about God and his creation. By having to choose the right words to fit the style to what I am feeling it really concentrates the mind. Go on – have a go!

     

    Prayers for July by Denise Creed

    Photo: Tree in the grounds of Penrice Castle, South Wales