in the first instant of your being
I laid a burden on you,
which, if you now accept it
by the power of my grace,
can be for you as light
as a billowing cloud.
You see, I desire your arms
to be my arms, open
wide for all in need of
forgiveness and compassion.
your legs to be my legs,
carrying you to where
there is a need
for your special gifts.
your hands to be my hands,
creating beauty to inspire
and delight, your fingers
to be my fingers, pointing
to the paths of truth and
reconciliation, your heart
to be my heart, flowing
with love like a fountain
over a dry, brittle,
You, perhaps, are confused
that I call this burden light.
It can be light because
burdens are made heavy
by anxiety over control
and results. But I tell you
this day, that if you choose
to embrace this vision, control
and results will be mine to bear,
and you, my friend, can go forth
© 2014 Dennis Ference
Dennis this is profound! It truly arrived from Spirit!! I love that we both had “clouds” in our words today and posted relatively at the same time!! This is really a masterpiece…I will read it many times! ❤ ❤
And so we write on, united in the Spirit. Peace! –Dennis
brilliant, beautiful poetry and so evocative of the concept of the incarnating soul in Hindu thought ( see my blog Search for the Soul’ at indrajitrathore.wordpress.com ) – the soul does not force itself on its incarnated physical body ruled by the ego – it merely suggests salvation and evolution and is often ignored as an irrelevant voice from within and therefore suffers to join future incarnations till it is finally heard and the arms become Its arms and the legs Its legs and so on – Gandhi and the apostles managed to heed the soul’s inner urgings – while Hitler and most of us wondered – ‘what nonsense – where is this coming from’?
It is certain that those burdens turn to blessings……if we choose. Some may need to be broken to make this choice, but as your poem so lovingly indicates, there is such softness and grace in the process (sometimes only realized in hindsight).
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Peace! –Dennis
Beautiful words, Dennis…and thanks so much (again) for sharing one of my songs! – Bill
Wanted you to know that I wrote the poem right after I listened to your song the other day.
Very cool…God is good!
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I highly recommend this site. Beautiful, meaningful and inspiring poetry. Plus…Dennis shared one of my songs as well!
This is SO beautiful, Dennis. Thank you for writing it.
Your comment truly warmed my heart. –Dennis
Incredibly deep, moving and beautiful. Great job!
Thanks for the comment Jack. Peace.
This one is totally awesome!
Thanks much, Tyler. –Dennis
I really agree that it is our excessive need for control that cuts us off from greater experiences and makes everything burdensome. Life is better as an adventure of love, with our loving God at the helm, and us open all the possibilities he has in store for us.
Thank you for liking my blog. Your poem is a gift of the Spirit today. As I prepare to lead the third or three visioning retreats with a church, I know I have found my closing statement for them in your poem. May I share it in its entirety at this workshop?
I would be honored. Peace. –Dennis
Lovely and so like God is talking to us!! Thank you.
And thank you.
An inspired poem, Dennis, truly coming from your higher self. It spoke to my heart.
May your heart be full of peace and love this day and always.
Dennis, this is a wonderful piece that is closely related to my belief that our real life is one of spirit. You might like to see my blog titled “With Spirit Eyes I See.” Here is the link should you be interested: http://livingthelifeofspirit.com/2014/11/06/with-spirit-eyes-i-see/
Keep going. Love what you are doing.
Thanks, Blair. I’ll head over to your site today. Peace.
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This is a great piece by Dennis Ference that is a wonderful expression of what it means to a live a life of spirit.
(Reblogged with permission of the author.)
Thanks for sharing with your readers. Peace.
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Today I choose to embrace this vision…thank you for sharing. ~ Blessings, KK
I am pleased for your. 🙏