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Poems

The sovereign God

Everywhere and every hour The Lord upholds all life. The presence of eternal Mind Is here to still all strife.

Safe

On the crashing shores,      the ebb and flow of sense, I cry— Feed my famished heart!      Satisfy my yearning for higher, purer ways.      Quicken my affections in the radiance of the real,        the shelter of Spirit’s embrace.

Fresh oil

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work:… I shall be anointed with fresh oil.   — Psalms 92:4, 10 In the quiet of morning I kneel my thoughts Before Love divine To hear God’s voice, To receive God’s Word; In this precious communion I can feel God’s closeness, His tender comfort, I grasp fresh glimpses Of His truth; I bow my head In humility And thank Him for This spiritual nourishment, The oil of inspiration.

Our Pastor’s Sermon

Dear weekly Lesson-Sermon, You’re a vehicle for Soul To speak our Pastor’s message; This is your sacred role. Your message in each Sermon Brings our Pastor ever near, The Word of God around the globe, Eliminating fear.

No fall from Love’s eternal grace

If Love is God, whose grace cannot be thwarted, then Love prevails, and you and I endure. Like oil and meal multiplied, and Cana’s water turned to wine, the good at hand, our very substance, springs afresh and ever new.

God’s love is infinite

Matthew 5:43–45, 48   You may have heard men say Love your neighbor; hate your enemy. Our Master knew a kinder way: Love your enemies, include them Each time you pause to pray, So you may prove yourself a daughter or son  Of your Father, the heavenly One.

Reaching

Reach out to God Right where you are And as you are He is right there With you Loving you completely, Unconditionally, Seeing you as His perfect, Precious child. Reach within For the higher, truer thoughts Of your identity, They lift you above The clamor of matter’s lies And help you realize Your spiritual being.

A fire within

In stillness    of prayer There’s a fire    within Lighting the way Over discord and    sin Its oil of pure    gladness Rejoices the heart On heaven-bound    journey Where grace has its start  There lessons    await Love’s claiming    its own In nearness and    dearness Its children are known As chaff from    the wheat Love does refine Calling all in    its kingdom Thou art mine Thou art mine —G. Gershala Goldsmith.

The voice of Truth

Not in the earthquake or the flame, The wracking wind, or violence, came    The voice of Truth—omnipotence. But in the stillness and the calm, Omniscient quietude—the balm    Of Love’s supernal evidence.

Healing waters

in the midst of your Sahara parched with fear, or weary with looking for some oasis— some relief from your distress a lake before your feet awaits your own discovery shimmering with grace deep within, healing waters flow from the fount of Soul kneeling, you feel a trickle first then in your yielding, a stream cleansing you, refreshing you, buoying you above the mortal view a river quenching all your thirst so you find yourself and others totally engulfed, immersed in Love I have felt it gush upon my brother and I was healed by God’s Niagara love. —Nancy Humphrey Case.