Each year is pregnant with possibility, holds portent of promise, hope of potential and opportunity to begin again. It’s a wonderful reminder of the daily grace, mercy and forgiveness which God offers us as we place our faith and trust in Him.
My hope and prayer is to host Christ well and make Him manifest, to be a woman who radiates His living presence. As broken people we feel we do that so imperfectly, yet those very weak spots, cracks and crevices in our lives are where His light leaks out most to others, often invisibly to us.
Although we may have moved past Christmas and on into the welcome embrace a new year can bring us, we need never move away from a willingness to make space for God on a daily basis, or a desire to seek after Him and offer Him a warm welcome, a home in our hearts and lives.
May we host Him well. May we be people of the cross who live and love well. May we shine God’s light into every dark corner of this world, as we willingly share His love and grace. May we be Christ’s ambassadors and light bearers, as we pour ourselves out in the service of others. May we appreciate the enormous privilege of bearing Holy Spirit within.
Bearing Christ within
Mary became overshadowed by your
Spirit, a willing host for Holy Ghost
How willing am I to bear Christ within
to bring him forth at just the right time
to let his Light shine out strong
to reveal how he belongs to all
and I am but a carrier of grace
whose mission is to magnify
his Name in each and every place?
Lord, help me to host you well
to carry you with tender care
to hold onto bright Hope within
and marvel anew at the way you
bore our sin, to seek to be
a lowly servant on the earth
if I might only grant you birth
and let you loose to live in me
with life abundant, rich and free
Happy New Year to you, dear reader and friend! Let’s celebrate all God has done for us. May you be blessed beyond your expectations and imagination in the days and months ahead.
I appreciate you so much. Thank you for being here. I look forward to sharing more poetic reflections with you soon. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you.
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Happy New Year Joy! So much THIS: “As broken people we feel we do that so imperfectly, yet those very weak spots, cracks and crevices in our lives are where His light leaks out most to others, often invisibly to us.” Reminds me of the Japanese art form kinsugi. Pregnant with possibility–I love the image that conjures up in my head.
It’s me! I always forget to sign out of my church blog,
Tara, I guessed it was you! Not only do you have a certain style of writing, you have also responded here before with your other blog identity. However you arrive, I am always pleased to see and read your words, dear friend! Every blessing for the year ahead. xo ❤
Yes, kinsugi was on my mind as well, because it’s such a beautiful illustration of this truth. May your year head be full of possibility and potential! Bless you, friend. 🙂 x
Such a beautiful prayer poem, Joy. ‘Tis my prayer for 2017 as well. Bless you, friend.
June, I’m so pleased you could relate to this, and truly thankful for your company as we aim to host Christ well in our oh so weak and mortal frames. Blessings and hugs to you, dear friend! xo
Reblogged this on Pastor Michael Moore's Blog and commented:
Lord, help me to host you well… Amen, Joy, Amen!
Thank you, Michael! I’m glad you could relate to this. Bless you for your generous spirit. 🙂
That was beautiful. Thank you.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment! Bless you. 😊
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Joy, your poetry is always such a comfort to me, and tonight these words struck home in my heart:
“Lord, help me to host you well
to carry you with tender care”
Lately I have been so aware of His tender care over me, but have I been so aware of my care over Him? My heart is stirred, and moved within to give Him the care He so deserves. Thank you dear friend! xoxo
Bettie, I’m honoured to be able to speak to you via the poetic. You have an beautifully attuned inner ear for poetry and for God at work within. From my limited perspective, I believe you are already hosting the holy well and mindful of the divine footprint in your heart. And I think Jesus is moved, too, by your sensitive and receptive spirit. You are such a blessing to me, dear friend. xoxo