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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We have an Autumn Giveaway winner…and more news !

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Congratulations to Caryn Christensen, winner of my note card giveaway!!  :)

I will be mailing her five note cards of her choice  – plus one of my Christmas cards as a bonus…

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And just a reminder

Some of you have been asking if the note cards and Christmas card designs shown in this giveaway are available for purchase… and the answer is… YES!  :)

Easy as 1…2…3

  1. Simply go to my  pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS  page to view designs and prices…
  2. Then just email me!
  3. I’d love to talk with you more at pam.depoyan@gmail.com!

Here’s my latest in the Christmas Greetings Collection:

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With this card, I wanted to capture the Christmas wonder I love about a large department store elegantly dressed in velvet glow – so much more than commerce, but the feel of celebrating the King’s birth with festive carols in the air, all the lights and jolly wreathes and huge red bows lining the counters I was just big enough to peer over… and the – tingle of joy – running through me,  like a happy hum of starry nights and glorias on the wing — mm, one of my ever-savored memories…

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED THIS GIVEAWAY!

HAPPY FALL!

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Misted Morn in Autumn Hue

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a psalm of fare thee well

 

Morning mists hue upon hue, startlingly vivid against the tear-held sky.
I am grateful for this endearing moment of friendship
Unexpectedly standing on the cresting shoreline with you
Bidding adieu… so long… fare thee well…
Taking hands in prayer to see you on your way
Gold leaf painted as living framework to our hearts, from every window
Loved ones holding tightly to you, to each other
Knowing recognition and a world of love in your eyes
…maybe, somehow, more so in words you can no longer express in voice…
Eyes twinkling still.

Oh that we could peek through windows to dancing Son-Light on your new morn!

We love… but You love extravagantly O God.
Morning has broken. Gates have opened.
Hold him close, Abba Father.
Hold onto us all,  under the shadow and safe cushion of Your wings.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.”

~ Psalm 116:15,16

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    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
 This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

~ Psalm 118: 19-21

 

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The Open Door

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I heard this tonight – something I did not know of when I drew this picture in 2013:  September 25-26, 2013 was Rosh Hashana, the official beginning of the “Hebraic Calendar New Year 5774 –  the Year of the Open Door – Ayin Dalet, meaning “Eye that sees the door.”  In the Hebrew language each letter has a numerical value and a pictograph. These things contribute to the “flavor” of the year prophetically.  I love how God has incorporated so much richness into His Word this way!

For many reasons, the Holy Spirit seems to be speaking into my prayers in this tonight,   revealing  shades of new meaning into this picture, reminding me of                              Revelations 3:7-8 (ESV) and of His standing at the door:

 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

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a psalm of intercession

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Day and night, and even as I sleep, prayer for these I name before you is heavy on my spirit, O Lord.

You take my words of your Word and make me one of many friends carrying, lifting, lowering another through a roof to you for healing.

You make me to walk around the Jericho wall, speaking out your Glory, calling down the defeat of the enemy in your Name, declaring GREATER IS THE NAME OF JESUS, MY GOD, THAN ALL COMING AGAINST the one(s) I lift to you, and you tell me when to blow the trumpet and see that wall fall!

You place me on the wall of Nehemiah to stand guard in the gap, and you make prayer my horn against the intruder thief.

You take my prayers at the threshold of Your Open Door…  Lord, I have no power in my own, but you have given me authority in your Name to go forth and declare your victory won for us at the cross.

I take the land you give me, everywhere my feet walk, like Joshua… for your Name!

O Lord… my spirit faints within me at this midnight hour and I pray, “Holy Spirit, keep on praying in and through me for these I lift to you even as I slumber, all throughout the night…that even in my dreams, you put prayer of your Word on my lips.  I reach out and touch the hem of your garment, beseeching,  “Pour out your holy oil, your fire, on these I lift to you…”

Your Spirit bears witness inside me, such prayer in the Spirit  is born of your heart for these, O Lord…

 

 

© Pam Depoyan

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