On the cusp

Here we stand. On the cusp of uncertainty. Hovering at the edge.

On the brink of possibilities, potential or pitfalls.

Where hope and fear meet. Expectation rises.

Here lies a blank sheet waiting to be inscribed like the pages of a new journal.

Our stories wait to be written.

Our lives stretching out before us in minutes, hours, days yet to be lived.

Our disappointments ready to be consigned to The Past.

For this is a new year approaching ~ opportunity beckons to do things differently.

Are you ready?


Celebrated arrival cloaked

in virginal innocence

A blank sheet

clean slate

rose-kissed dawn

pregnant with possibility

Viewed with eyes

of wonder




breath-held fear

and great curiosity

What if?

What if THIS ~

is the time

promises are kept

dreams come true

lessons are learnt

goals are met?

Will problems rule

and reign again?

Will love flourish

or die?

Will we rush

with open-armed embrace

or turn aside?

No easy answers

rise to our lips

This takes

steely determination

raw courage

blind optimism

great faith

As we plunge

into The Unknown ~

unfamiliar territory

enclosed by memory

of past victories

of battles won,

we too

will overcome


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” ~ Isaiah 46:18 – 19

8 thoughts on “On the cusp

  1. Dear Joy
    We have a saying in my home language, Afrikaans, that means that the “what if’s” is much nicer saying than really experiencing. Still, I don’t ever want to go back to my religious past even IF it would have guaranteed health, wealth and prosperity.
    Blessings XX

    • Dear Mia, the ‘What if?’ here is a cry of awe and wonder as well as recognising that we have no idea what lies ahead (probably a good thing!) and no control either over much that happens to us. I agree there is freedom in not being constrained by religiosity but making a close and loving relationship with God the major focus. May you fly free in the wind of Holy Spirit’s inspiration and infilling, my friend. Every blessing for the year ahead. 🙂 xx

    • Thank you, Jedidja! I’m glad you lke it. The Bible verse here is a personal favourite of mine, heavily lined and starred. God has spoken to me so much through it over the last few years. Have a blessed year ahead. Xx 🙂

  2. I seem to, by my nature, mightily resist change, and to fear the unknown, and the yet untravelled road. But , I must admit that “a rose-kissed dawn, pregnant with possibility,” doesn’t sound too scary . I believe I can do this! I’ve enjoyed the poem, Joy! Thank you!

    • Thank you, Neil! Our emotional state as we approach a new year depends greatly on our perspective. Having a negative mind-set may predispose us to feeling gloomy and unsettled, whereas a more positive outlook can help us to see potential and possibility. May you find ways to welcome the new year and embrace all that God will do in 2014. Blessings 🙂

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