Sunrise With Fog

Sunrise With Fog
Every Morning is New

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Unwrapped Gifts

Ode to the Gift That Comes Unwrapped

When the eyes of my heart are opened to see
To see further than the beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree
To listen with the higher reaches of the mind
I begin to see amazing gifts of a far different kind.

Gifts of time and special thoughts may lift me to a higher realm
To see with purer purpose through distractions that overwhelm.
Perhaps a gift is received of which the giver is unaware
Often the Lord has further purpose for a small gift chosen with care.

Such gifts may plant a seed of inspiration to write a new song
And to thrive through unity that to the soul is a balm.
A word of encouragement may lift one to reach a lofty aim
To fulfill an eternal desire, God’s promise to claim

A joy filled greeting flowing from a loving friend
Is such a gift woven into the tapestry of life without end
It may instill confirmation that God’s work in me is true
Validating His love with glorious sounds and colors of every hue

It may be an awakening to ever brighter hope through an apt word
Shepherding with extra contentment through what is heard
Such a gift, coming unwrapped, may surprise both giftor and giftee
Coming in providence, not placed under the tree

That it comes with such startling innocence causes the soul to sing
With unbridled joy as a soaring nightingale singing at taking wing
When given ears to hear the melody of the true giftor above
We are blessed beyond blessing, born of divine love.

Christmas Eve Morning 2011
Ina May Pummill

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Inspiration

The Trumpet Call of Hope

Trumpets pierce the stillness of the night
Listen! Anticipate the glorious light
A trumpet stirs the soul. It excites the heart
It transcends worldly noise with news to impart.
The Word of God is filled with both warning and grace
It confirms the wonder beyond boundaries of this place.
A trumpet sounds with triumph to signal life that is real
It is a call to lift the eyes heavenward as bells of truth peal
It sounds with joy that cannot be contained
It overflows with salvation’s joy abundantly sustained.
You who are suffering along this pathway today
Trust in Jesus our Lord, eternal Son of God, when you pray
Those who hear trumpets resounding as music sweet and bold
Rejoice in God’s promises His prophets long ago foretold
Be comforted by the Lord’s compassion from old
Angels sang over Jesus” birth; He is Shepherd of the fold.
With renewed strength you will soar to heights joy
As on wings of eagles you are lifted to glimpses of glory.
These wings enfold you enabling strength to stand
They encourage believers to persevere just as God planned.
In this glorious Christmas season of celebration and light
Pause to listen for the Spirit Who ministers in the night.
Give from rich gifts received through the gospel of grace
Echo assurance to others from this set apart place.
Behold God’s mighty power revealed in all He has made
His marvelous deeds lift us to splendor that shall never fade.
Wings as of eagles formed in clouds of great height
An expanse of light appeared as a dove before my sight.
Sing a new song to the Messiah, Jesus, Everlasting King
Voice praise in adoration as overflowing joy takes wing
We shall never be disappointed when we pursue God’s grace
Mercy flourishes with abundance when we seek Jesus’ face
May blessings abound each morning that is new,
Carry His joy with you and respond with what is true. 

It was thrilling to discover this image of clouds as eagle's wings spread across the heavens and an image of light shaped as a dove being carried along with the previaling winds.