Orange Glow… so much more than just a dust polish

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a psalm in the midst of unrest

 

This frustrating, nerve-jangling, nothing-going-right day — it’s a cloud over my spirit.

Anger is a seeping thing.  I feel it pulsing through me.  And everywhere I turn, I hit a block wall.  Setbacks because a store computer isn’t working and no one can help me with a deadline project, even when I go away and try again later.  Wasted hours when an insistent, persistent, beeping alarm refuses to stop…for no perceivable reason, even when security comes out and checks it…  making my head throb…turning a simple 10-minute task for a friend into a wild ride.  And I am screaming silently at getting nowhere with all that needs to be taken care of today…

Underneath it all, I recognize you telling me what’s really bothering me is something much more significant than any of this petty stuff.   The true reason why all these things are mounting so out of proportion…

Bless the Lord, O my soul…  Be not downcast, O my spirit…

Look up, you whisper.

And then I see it.

Shining, reflecting, flowing right through my heavy slider window shade, tapping to get in.  And when I roll it open, a phosphorescent orange glow floods my kitchen as with lantern light from the gorgeous maple beside my deck.  Turns on a radiance brighter than any bulb within my hanging glass lamp. Pours over my floors like warm maple syrup, transforming everything in  its wake with liquid amber.

Over and over, it completely fools me into thinking I’ve left a wondrous light on…every time I pass by the doorway…

It’s painting glory reflections through glass cabinet doors… and, like living embers of fire in a warming grate, sending calm over and in me with your beauty, O Lord.

You’re dusting off the grime of petulance and gently rubbing in the oil of peace.  You polish away tarnish… cleanse me to bring out the shine of who you are in me… restore the smooth finish that makes my heart your home…  Cover me with citrus-refreshing, consoling fragrance of your light…

O the glory of your loving hand… your gifts given undeserved.  With this pumpkin orange radiance, you slip your arms round me, hold me close and make me to rest my head against you.   Safe and calm in the circling lullaby of your songs.

Bless the Lord, O my soul… and all that is within me.

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 You have days like this too, right? :)

How has He spoken peace into you?

© Pam Depoyan

 

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Touch of surprise round your corner…

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a psalm of colorburst and provision

The air holds breathy, gossamer dew as I step here, there amongst the living paintings of your hand, artwork set aglow against grey skies — camera-clicking your fine-lined  Masterpiece brushstrokes…

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Then… feeling like a trespasser… I pause at the service entry,

just because I like the back drama story this photo shot seems to whisper,

the little bit of seasonal smiles someone carefully arranged there…

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and find your tucked away love note waiting in three little pumpkins

and an opening cafe door…

Do not worry for anything. 

I plant harvest at your feet.

I open doors you are not expecting.

And leave a touch of joyful surprise, waiting… just round the corner.

Thank you, Father.

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Have you found any autumn love notes lately?  :)

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© Pam Depoyan

 

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Autumn’s Prelude Piece

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Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

~ Revelations, 3:20 KJV

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a psalm of prelude…

Burnished ambers warm, casting golden crowns… as through stain glass…  round my feet – they sing to me a carol of your arriving, O Lord… both past and to come.   Of counting blessing and holding close starry night, of Bethlehem cradle made home in my heart, of majestic signs foretelling all to come.   They lavish your glory for all to see… calling us to look farther and up to a shining star.   It is never too soon… never too late… to tune our eyes and ears in this time of Heaven’s prelude.  To savor… to partake… to live each day enfolded in grace.

Yes, holding close your Christmas promise, even in the Autumn of our days…

and as I put ideas that seem to come from you unto paper, I pray,

Bless the work of my hands…like your light through a window…

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my latest Christmas card design

© Pam Depoyan

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Safe and warm

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a psalm of resting

 

In this world of unsurety, you spread your fiery coverlet over and round me… and pronounce I am safe beneath your care.

Wolves may bay… growl their threats…but they can only skulk in shadows.

Though I feel small… you are the billowing, everlasting, eternal flame —  protection from every weapon formed against me.

I will rest ‘neath warm clouds of your love.   I lift my eyes and behold your majesty surrounds me with songs of victory.  With the psalmist I will look to the rising mountains of the Lord from whence my help comes and sing hallelu.

 

© Pam Depoyan

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Rivulets through our fingers

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a psalm for those who are feeling parched

 

Molten gold is pouring out from your chalice, O Lord.
How can I go for days… sometimes weeks… and not know what
resonates afresh in this season of seasons…
How unendingly parched is my spirit for your beauty! Your grace! Your majesty!

 

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Step outside and feast at my overflowing table, you invite.
Let me rain refreshing on you, saturate all your dry and cracked places,
and I will make you a flowing fountain of my living water.

I hold out my hands, as cup for your water. You run rivulets through my fingers, but I never run out. And again, I continue singing…

Bless the Lord, O-O-Ohhh my soul…

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When the World Turns Mosaic Gold

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a psalm to bless the Lord, O my soul 

 

In these last, sad, days of formal farewell… you place so much of heaven with us, Lord. Truly a mosaic of your golden gifts. The sights, the sounds, the feel to ever linger on…

I hear it played in trumpet glory, by bedside and by altar.  In the giggles of babes reaching up for our arms…(even as we reach up for you).  And in the unspoken music of the soul.

I feel it in the slip of your arms round the hundreds upon hundreds in slow moving lines along path of mahogany pew and stained glass view… and in the Presence of your Spirit warm and strong and near, on me, on all the family…

I know it in the clinging embrace and fast-held clasp. In the unexpected goodbye kiss of one I’ll always remember as brother… In vigil prayers and upturned hopes.

I reflect on it in outpourings of words and paintings and wondrous, undying legacy of heart shared by those who loved him best.

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Then…on kneeler, praying before you, I ask for a gift.

A glimpse… a word… a picture of his homecoming.

And oh, that you would somehow allow him to be here to see love poured out… for him!  Here… in this place of till we meet again… to mellifluous bells chiming, voices raised in singing…

Of a sudden, you fill my mind  with wondrous image — like a film unfolding — welling ready tears behind my downturned lashes…

And I see him walking arm and arm with you, up over a hill. Watch him stop and turn, flash us one more radiant smile, raise his hand high in the air, palm flat in salute… stretched out as though to touch …

In this simple picture of mind, you make me know your whispered love warm against my heart, as fire in a hearth…

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Later, standing here beneath a mixture of darkening charcoal- and sun-bright skies, it seems as if you’ve spread a bit of Heaven’s golden roads in waiting for us… poured them out as shafts of glory ‘neath our feet. You’ve lit a fire glow in golden umbrella trees about us, banners of your love waving for him, for us… a promise that binds us like a cord that flows from heaven to earth and back again…

We’re weeping still, for loss of one oh, too soon… believing for coming day when you turn mourning into dancing, water into wine.

Thanking you.

Calling out to you.

Resting hearts and heads on you.

For yes…you place so much of heaven with us in this time, Lord.

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And as the night closes, your Spirit moves a four year-old boy to spontaneously, poignantly, unabashedly sing out a hymn — his pure voice loud and clear and rising to the stars on the tails of sky lanterns we send up in last wave…

“O, bless the Lord, oh my soul… O-O-Ohhhh… my soul,” he is singing lustily, undaunted by our amazement, even our loving laughter –  walking in and out amongst us there in the dark as though carrying a sparkling torch, raising up his full heart of worship and praise… and ours.

This time my tears flow because these words and hymn in this boy’s innocent voice seem like a reminding message from our loved one now home… telling us to keep our eyes turned upward… to your light ever burning… to blessing you, O Lord…even in our sorrow…

One more piece of heaven sent down to us, as on zip line

I close my eyes and hear our sweet boy still… and echo with him…

Yes…. OH, bless the Lord, oh my soul. O-O-Ohhhhh, my soul…

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© Pam Depoyan

 

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When color sings a song of Heaven

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 a psalm of praise and wonder in color on parade

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I think I went in search of…lilt…today
and found it in the red and gold and orange confetti falling from the sky,
tiptoe-dancing on my hair and shoulders,
skittering, bowling, chasing across roads,
blowing out in gales of laughing leaves
Like bubbles from a wand.

Camera to my eye, I reach to capture and hold this glory
-it is swirling like all my thoughts around me -
but it only sings gaily, merrily, catch me if you can!
Your breath lifts my hair from my shoulders
takes a little of the sorrow wedged in heart this week
and sends it up, up, up…
The tears so ready behind my eyes are welling even more at all this splendor.

Thank you Father, for color, color, everywhere!
It soars my spirit, flows your peace, sings a song of Heaven over and around me.
And standing on a country road, in the middle of it all, I find it also sends words of wonder aloud from my mouth…

There is no other like you.

 

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