prayers and poems

Praying the Psalms, for many years now, is my spiritual practice; deeper than writing.  When I cannot possibly find the right words to say, when I am personally overwhelmed, I trust the Psalms.  Someone somewhere is always praying, always sending another positive blog post to the world.  For all who are suffering in Colorado and other places, I add my voice to the voices of countless others, with a few poems others have found to be helpful for a moment.  Blessings, Ellen

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I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES

(quotes from Psalm 121 KJV)

sun rises
above clouds across the sky
“I will lift up mine eyes…”
shines into my soul
“My help cometh from the LORD…”

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losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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AUTUMN GRACE

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

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“Autumn Grace” was published in
Bell’s Letters Poet.

The image is courtesy of antiqueclipart.com.

10 thoughts on “prayers and poems

  1. I echo your thoughts and those of others who have commented, praying for sheer mercy and grace to lift up the heads of those with unspeakable grief. Your poetry is lovely. When I am so stricken with deep loss and sadness, I find myself praying through the Psalms and singing through the hymnbook.

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  2. Wow, these are wonderful, Ellen–especially for today. And thank you for the suggestion to “pray the Psalms”–what a great idea to add to my daily readings. God bless you–love, Caddo

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  3. I love the Psalms; sometimes they bring tears to my eyes. I love your line “as birds quietly sing”… quietly…that’s how it is sometimes.

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  4. Good morning, Ellen, I go to the Psalms for strength and solace too. Its difficult to find words to express the depth of sadness we all experience after such meaningless violence. Somehow, the Psalms give us that vocabulary. Your beautiful words touch so many hearts. Thanks, my friend. K

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