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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Grace in the Going

Mandal, Norway

Do you know something? A secret? Something yours alone?
That you can hold loosely in your open palm? Or tightly in your fist?
A memory you can cherish, smile at, then let go of and send up into the chilly, distant sky?
Watch it scatter and flutter down around you like snowflakes caught in the blue-shine of a glittering December night?
Like tears too perfect to not be treasured?
Something lost temporarily that whispers to you of light?

Or maybe you know something the whole world knows too.
At its most vulnerable.
In the depths of its heart when it closes its eyes to sleep.
Maybe you see there is something fragile
...unutterably, unbearably, unimaginably...
Beautiful in each soul that will close its eyes tonight?
That will close its eyes and begin to leave a world so white with snow.

As if each snowflake were a gift.
Were a secret.
Tossed with joy by a careless hand into the air.

As if each soul were beloved, treasured and cherished.
Were created by an artist-God.
Tenderly, with the greatest love and utmost care.
As if each soul were a great work of beauty and art.
As if each soul were rare.

Rest in peace, dear Nils.


Felisol said...

Dear Rare Soul,
How wonderful that you are living midst in God's perfect Christmas card.
Rejoice, rejoice!

I hope you and your family remain in this state of grace all Christmas and in The New Year too.
Best wishes from Felisol

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Colleen, the picture is pretty... compared to the green fields and trees in full bloom and bright sunny days and balmy evenings here... after all, we do live on different continents, separated by several times zones.

But in many ways we share a lot of things in common.

I loved your word art - your heart shared in such a poetic way!

Yes, I know what you mean. I too hold many secrets in my heart, known to me and God alone.

Some of the events of my life I share with nobody else, because they are too precious to share.

May this Christmas season give you a sense that your secrets are precious to God as well!

I just read the comment you left at my blog a few minutes ago. Thanks for the kind encouragement, dear friend.


Lori said...

Oh Colleen, what a precious gift your words are to my soul this morning as I start out my day. I do believe that God does create us to have this beautiful rare worth and somewhere along the way we lose sight of it..we base our worth on things that are fallible or short lived. I love these words..."...Maybe you see there is something fragile
unutterably, unbearably, unimaginably...
Beautiful in each soul that will close its eyes tonight? God see's beyond the layers, the dirt, the behaviors...all the things we usually see when we look at people...some get cast off so easily as worthless because of appearances or behaviors. Thankfully we have a creator that doesn't!

My constant prayer is asking God to help me see everyone through his eye' see people and see beyond those layers or appearances to their soul. My prayer then becomes that each of these people could know their worth and who created their worth...that we all could. Can you imagine if every single person seen themselves as a true precious treasure, as God intended, how differently our world would be?

Thank you for this beautiful reminder Colleen...I've had a couple of not so good days and needed to read your words this morning. Bless you sweet lady. XX

Anonymous said...

Wonderful written! You really are a word artist, painting pictures with your words.

Colleen said...

Thank you all so much for the beautiful replies! Per's grandfather passed away early this morning so it is loosely written for that reason. I appreciate your thoughts and words. God bless!

And Lori, I am so sorry you have been having a hard time. Take care of yourself my dear.

Life with Kaishon said...

You write so perfectly. I am sorry for the loss of your husbands grandfother. Grandparents are so special. I will pray for you today.

kate said...

I am so sorry to hear about Nils..... I was looking forward to seeing him again in May! But how selfish that thought was. He is home in heaven for Christmas, and he is with Solveig! I will keep your family in my prayers.

Felisol said...

"Sorger og gleder de vandrer til hope", sorrow and happiness they are walking together, a Norwegian hymns says.

I am truly sorry for your loss. In small families, we have nobody to loose.
I am glad to read, he's going to live with God, but I assume you'll have to deal with that empty space, especially during Christmastime.
Will add this to my prayers for the Colleen family.
Yours Felisol

a prairie girl in california said...

o I feel the pain...losing Grandparents is not an easy thing... You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Alicia said...

Colleen your pictures are pretty with poetry.
With a beautiful reminder, & blessing for him to rest in peace.
Knowing this is a time for comfort and memories I was reminded of the first verse of Wintersong.
- Lake is frozen over
Trees are white with snow
And all around reminders of you
Are everywhere I go

Grace & Peace to yours!

TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to honor him.

Briony said...

Hi Colleen! Man that picture is magical and your words are so beautiful :)

The Elegant Bohemian said...

"an artist-God"...I've never thought of Him that way, but He really is isn't he? These last few lines really are poignant. You also mention having a secret at the beginning of the poem...I've known for years now that we all have that place inside of us where we have our absolutely deepest most secret thoughts that we almost don't even admit to ourselves. I call it our "heart of hearts", our deepest secrets.
On a lighter note, I thought I was already following you, and then I saw your comment on my blog and thought, "Wow, she hasn't been posting much lately" Duh! ~Serene

Colleen said...

Becky thank you for your prayers. There is something so special about grandparents, I agree. They tend to have such a special place in our hearts, don't they?

Mom, I really like what you said about him going to be with Solveig for Christmas, how beautiful. I know you were hoping to see them in May, I am so sorry we won't be able to.

Felisol. thank you for your prayers as well. That is a beautiful line from the hymn, and very true how you said in a family, there is no one to loose.

Thanks Jenn. I appreciate that.

Alicia, thank you for sharing that beautiful verse with me...such lovely imagery. Your kind words mean a lot...grace and peace to you too.

BabyMamaChronicals, thank you so much for your support.

Briony, thank you for the compliment!

Serene, I like the way you put that "heart of hearts"...that's quite beautiful. And yes, I do think He is an "artist-God"...nature, people, our own imaginations, animals, so much points toward a very creative creator.:) Thanks a lot for your comment!:)

I hope everyone has a beautiful fourth Sunday of advent.

Mary333 said...

This is beautiful! I love poetry! Some people paint pictures with their hands and others with their words and you have done this here :)

Just Be Real said...

Colleen, this is very beautiful. Such a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

David said...

Thanks alot dear sister. Have a wonderful Christmas. Take care & God Bless

Just Be Real said...

Colleen, I hope you had a nice holiday. Blessings.