Comforted by presence

alone FMF PJ

Scratch the surface of any life, crack us open to the core and, sooner or later, you will find a heart yearning for presence, although we may not even know it.

Our souls crave security, safety and shelter as primary needs. Our hearts crave connection, acceptance, companionship.

We all want reassurance that we’re not alone or as lonely as we may often feel, and to experience being comforted by presence.

Life can be a fearful thing. No-one really wants to be without companionship along the way, a hand to hold, a word to encourage and reassure.

As someone verging more on the introverted rather than extroverted way of being, I long for quiet, space, silence and solitude on a regular basis.

Sitting alongside that desire is a thread of needing to be seen, heard, appreciated and understood. Maybe you can relate?

And most of all, deep down, I want to be loved fully, deeply, madly and personally, warts and all, no holds barred, just as I am….please. Is that too much to ask?

Sadly, my parents left me with a legacy of insecurity and inferiority. They were poor and careless caretakers of my heart.

Only God can offer me (and you too) such depth of understanding, such consistent, reliable, faithful, unconditional love – although my husband has come pretty close during our 40 years of marriage.

My heart craves deep soul connection with others. My mind wants to unwind with like-minded kindred folk. My spirit seeks solace in relationship.

And the great thing is, we are not as alone as we perceive ourselves to be.

There is a certain Someone always looking out for you and me and we have the constant comfort of His reassuring presence.

You are not alone

Mary, full of divine favour, waited

expectantly to birth our Saviour

She was given reassurance of

the comfort of God’s presence

Now, we walk wild through

this world, try to eschew

the things which seek to get

us firmly in their grip

And we are never left alone

even when we feel we’re

on our own, because

God has made His place

of rest within our all

too human breast

He calls our lone heart’s space

His own true home place

His room to be and breathe

ours to respond, receive

and walk within His ways

for the remainder of our days

Keeping our eyes wide open

toward prospect of heaven

for the Kingdom’s only partly come

but will be our soul’s forever home

lit by the radiance of The Son

©JoyLenton2015

I’m sharing five minutes of as-it-comes poetry today with a loving, supportive community of fellow writing friends. This week’s prompt is:‘Alone’. You’re very welcome to participate.

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10 thoughts on “Comforted by presence

  1. I love the poem but also the other words. ( 40 years together with your husband, what a blessing). And yes, Only God can offer us such depth of understanding, such consistent, reliable, faithful, unconditional love. I agree!

  2. Beautiful!! So much THIS: “Life can be a fearful thing. No-one really wants to be without companionship along the way, a hand to hold, a word to encourage and reassure.” Yes! I’m parked in the #9 spot this week.

  3. Your words are beautiful. They just flow gently, smoothly like His presence or the gentle rolling waves. Blessed by your words, Joy.
    Janis

  4. Thank you for this encouraging reminder, Joy. “We’re never left alone even when we feel we’re on our own.” And about the deep understanding and unconditional love God offers! Insecurity and inferiority are so hard to shake, aren’t they? You are a beautiful, beloved child of God who offers such hope and encouragement in your writing. If you hadn’t been brought up the way you were, you wouldn’t have the depth of empathy and understanding you have today. Blessings and hugs!

    • Trudy, you speak to a heart’s core problem here:”Insecurity and inferiority are so hard to shake, aren’t they?” Yes, indeed. They require deep heart surgery by the Great Physician Himself, inner restoration and healing work, and a renewed mind to deal with them properly. All of which will also require much time and patience to be complete, though scars may still remain.
      But I know that those of us with painful stories to share are becoming whole even in the pouring out. As we learn how to lean hard on God’s grace and are motivated to want to see change while we co-operate with Holy Spirit’s ways, we will be in a good place to encourage others along the way. I definitely see this “depth of empathy and understanding” shining though you too, my friend. Blessings and hugs. 🙂 Xx

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