Short Poems for Lent

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L ove
E verlasting
N ot
T emporary

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morning light
forms part of a cross
on the wood wall
my faith completes
the picture

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country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

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weathered trees
strong and beautiful
my time of healing

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Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5: 4 (KJV)

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roots in His Word
I will flower
again and again

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Easter Lily photos are by Karl, 2010.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

O Christ, Be Closer

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O CHRIST, BE CLOSER

O Christ, be closer
Closer than my afflictions, and
closer than my health
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my fears, and
closer than my hopes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my solitude, and
closer than the crowd
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my failures, and
closer than my successes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my nightmares, and
closer than my dreams
O  Christ, be closer
Closer than my memories, and
closer than my visions
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my life, and
closer than my death
O Christ, be closer

“O Christ, Be Closer” received the Nellie Flory Memorial Award from Explorer Magazine in 1998.

Reprinted in Time Of Singing (Winter 2015/16).

“O Christ, Be Closer” was given to me after major surgery and during recovery from a chronic illness.  I took the photos in the post yesterday.

reading a memoir
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Lake Michigan

Short Easter Poems

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

Matthew 28: 6a

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E  ternally
A  dored
S  avior
T  ruly
E  ternally
R  isen

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Spring gardens
return to life
forgiveness

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roots in His Word
I will flower
again and again

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Sunday afternoon
rereading
Gospel accounts
of His Resurrection
imagine being there

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Ellen Grace Olinger

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Beauty: Quote by Luci Shaw

“Each of us is called to cultivate beauty, knowing that as artists, and as those with whom we share our creative gifts, we become more whole and healed in that sharing of beauty.”

Luci Shaw

From BREATH FOR THE BONES Art, Imagination, and Spirit: Reflections on Creativity and Faith (page 33).  Published by Thomas Nelson. Copyright Luci Shaw, 2007.

Daily Prompt: Heal

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Heal

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows . . .

Isaiah 53: 4a (KJV)

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country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

childhood memories
of singing in the choir
Palm Sunday

colorful tulips
on a cold day
unconditional love

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Poems: Ellen Grace Olinger

Picture: wpclipart

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