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It seems I have always noticed the Jews. As an English child growing up in the Middle East, Iran and Jordan, as young as 7 I would point out who were Jewish and who were Arab or Iranian. Not until I first met the King of the Jews as my personal saviour, some 25 years later, did I understand why. During a time of prayer, I "happened upon" the question in Jeremiah 15:5 'Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?' And I responded, 'Here am I, I will'. I was hooked. I must have always been a part of the people of God. It has been my desire and my mission ever since, to speak up for Israel and her people who are now my people. I am grafted in to the original Jewish olive tree. I am part of the One New Man. Wake up Church to your Hebrew Roots too! Honour the Jewish Messiah.
I love the Word of God. I love words. I love language. I love to paint pictures with words. I love colour. I love the colour of words. I love music. I love the music of words. And I adore and worship the Creator God who revealed Himself to me through His only begotten Son, the Living Word. Once I met Him, His creation became more alive. Sights, Sounds, Sensations, Colour, Feelings, Warmth and Cool - He has created all things for us to richly enjoy. He speaks to me through His creation, but most of all - He speaks to me through His Word - His written Word and His Word made flesh, Yeshua HaMeshiach. Every day, the hidden treasures of His Word are revealed. My prayer is that through my little poems, you might turn to The Word anew, and discover more of Him.
"THE TRUMP OF GOD"
Could you come in snowtime
To meet us in the air
As the Winter aconite
Shakes out her golden hair?
Or would you care to smile upon
The Spring-awakened trees
With blossom petals opening up
To bullfinches and bees?
Perhaps you like sweet woodruff's scent
Towards the end of May
Preparing us for Summer's heat
With its redolence of hay?
I long to be awake for you
Watching 'pon my knees:
Tho' the sleepy warmth of August
Whispers false securities.
So will you rapture us in Fall
As swallows quit our eaves
And the earth is carpeted
With claret coloured leaves?
I'd like it to be Autumn
As the shortening days grow dark
Before the year and earth herself
Before the *Feast of Asif
When harvest sheaves are gathered in
Caught up and bound together
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 1 Thess.5:11 , whole of 11 Thessalonians 2 and 1 Corinthians 15:51 to end
"Asif" = the original name of the Feast of Ingathering which took place at harvest time now called
"Succoth", the Feast of Tabernacles
Kurdish shepherds, by a Persian waterfall,
Mourning their flocks once tended months ago,
Gave me this flute that now upon my wall
Hangs hollow, exiled,
Embodiment of woe.
Guilty, shocked and impotent am I
That they, like You, enduring pain and lack,
Gave out to me.
Ha’Shem, reveal what I can do...
Will prayer pay back?
Yeshua, since Your *ches-ed love came first,
Descend from off Your throne above
To these wandering, wondering souls accursed.
In Mercy, Adonai, send Love.
16 April 1991 **on hearing news of Iraqi attempted genocide of this ancient Biblical race of Medes
* CHESED is Hebrew for God's Loving Kindness - pronounced hess-ed
** the following day news broke that the UN were about to establish safe havens for the Kurds
*** Post script: November 1997 it was reported to me by Armenian members of the Iranian Christian Fellowship in London that there is currently a great Awakening amongst the Kurds
It’s good of you to talk to me in prose, heart-to-heart, the way you do.
Deep to inner deep.
Since those who read, or hear, and understand your work
Become your intimates – the ones who can be trusted.
Thus, if you laugh, I hoot too. Cry? I empathise and weep.
Or thoughts I’ve had, dreams dreamt,
You put words to and strike a chord.
Hey! That’s what I just said!
Thus whispered arcana nudge inspiration.
Reconnected emotions demand to be released.
Jumbly words, quicksilver thoughts compete.
Quick! Switch on Creative Mode
To capture that idea before it goes.
Clicking on, I chase the cursor round the screen.
Move blocks, polish, save, scan meter, delete.
Sometimes, ah! just sometimes,
Yours, the evoker,
Spawns my poem complete.
By Penny Foster
Showed mercy –
Go and do likewise”
Is that what You said?
When the people were hungry
You had them sit down,
Shared the fish, broke the bread.
“Only believe” You said.
“Bless the poor, wash their feet,
Heal the sick, raise the dead”
Are You certain that’s what You said?
“Tie up strongmen, loose the bound,
Cast out demons, regain ground”
Can it be? Is that sound?
“And greater works than these you’ll do
When you the Promise have received.
It’s not by might and not by power,
But by My Spirit you’ll succeed”.
You command that if I love you
Your words I will obey
“So Father may be glorified,
Believe!” is what You say.
It’s so scary – and it’s hard.
Yeshua, help my unbelief!
For Father to be glorified
Your words I want to keep.
So, since my strength must be
From Your mighty power inside,
Endue me from on high,
wisely unto me. Be it wisely
And be it unto me.
THE BALLAD OF PATMOS REVISITED