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One Answer to Prayer

My child, I come to you here,
and find my infinite pleasure
in your call to me.

The touch of your voice
directed to me
is my pleasure,
and at times, my pain.

But you always return to me
my faithful one.

I can count on your being here
each morning
and so you may trust
I am with you
morning, noon, and night.

I am lifting you up even now
in all your labors
and you will know
all the benefits
of your calling.

Each step has been ordained
for you to establish our name.

Your light is lit
and you will shine
professor of light
and teacher of enlightenment.

Your lamp will indeed shine
to the far corners
of this room.

Set on a hill, you will be
a beacon to those
who seek a center
for their compass-rose.

Rest a moment now
in the glow
of this flame
that burns in you
and trim your lamp
to whiten your color
and enhance the reach
of the rays that spring
from you and I.

Profess the light.
Raise your voice
in a visible song
that we may travel
to the infinite
together.

Rise up to the voice
of angels
with the light of heaven
about us now.

Rise up, and receive your reward
in the light
of Paradise.


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2/23/17

Dual Identity

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We are two, you and I,
of the soil, and divine.

Each day the combative pull
of two separate worlds
begins anew.

I am of the ground, of dust,
and filled with the light, of life.

The soil calls to me
a song of mountains
and craggy rock,
the roughened surface
of schist, and granite,
a childhood clambor
over a face of stone.

The heavens beckon
with clouds of white
and open skies of blue,
the colors of innocence
a dream of some
other place
where we all belong,
lit from beyond,
fringed and infused with light.

We are two, you and I,
of the soil, and divine.

I have known
the joys of earth,
and sensed, somehow, the More.

You have known
the guidance
and the prompting of unseen hands
intent on good.

You and I have come together
to celebrate in a song
of earth and sky.

You and I together are two
in one.

Today again we will know once again
the interplay of heaven and earth.

We will wish the best for our sister,
grow angry with our brother,
and at day’s end,
reflect.

We have done well
done no harm, only good
with the guiding hand, and the balance
of heaven, and earth.

Jesu, you instill
a heart of forgiveness,
infuse it into our common culture,
foundation of our shared humanity.

Dust and water,
you are the building blocks of which we are divinely constructed,
infused edge to edge
with the light of life.

We are two, you and I,
earthy and divine,
collected in one carriage
and drawn by one powerful steed
on the road to a horizon
alight with morning’s glow.

Breaks now the dawn
with wonder,
and all things are possible.

Our destiny and purpose await.

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4/23/13

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There is a song within you, which will yet sing.

Join the author on a spiritual journey spanning the last decade, as he seeks, and finds, the voice of divine inspiration and encouragement within. Reminiscent of David’s psalms, which flowed from his pen in times of greatest need for spiritual encouragement, these modern psalms serve as an example of the voice that lies within you too.

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About the Author

Educated in landscape architecture and the environment, the author is uniquely suited to present the beauty of nature in his writings. His work can be found in “Endless Horizons” published by Eber & Wein. His most personal writings are often featured at facebook/agiftofencouragement.

The author has served as worship leader for long-term care patients, for individuals whose physical bodies have been confined to wheelchairs. He has always been available for music ministries, sharing the stage intermittently with evangelists, pastors and gifted Christian performers in the venue of contemporary Christian music, seeking always to uplift and free the human spirit.

The author also has toured with evangelical worship teams through refugee camps in Europe, Austria and the former Yugoslavia. His heart for orphan care has been expressed through volunteer work with ForHisChildren-Ecuador, and continues with work on the Missions Board for his local congregation. He works now as a solar energy specialist, and lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Frances.

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