One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
© Mary Oliver
— Wishing a Happy Christmas to One and All —
Author and poet Mary Harwell Sayler has a new book release this week: ‘Hand Me Down the Dawn’ – an inspirational, historical romance novel with lively, realistic characters who struggle with trust, love, and the need to care for God’s creation. The novel is available from Amazon
Mary has kindly contributed poems and prayers to the libraries on our new website this year. You can find out more about the author at Mary Harwell Sayler
‘Winter Solstice’ by Irene Latham
Taken from the newly released “Neither Innocent nor Guilty” collection by Bozena Zawisz
Available from Amazon and Amazon Kindle ASIN-B077ZLBB37
“The aim of this collection of poems is to use the awareness of the vivid impressions of life’s moments as a guide in exploring the pathways of the heart.
“There are seeds of dormant melodies carried on the wind and sensations dawn around us like flowers that grow after the rain.”
NEITHER INNOCENT NOR GUILTY draws on personal experiences, psychology of self, religious subject matter, and existential themes. It is the hope of the author that it is written from a caring perspective, infused with encouragement. “
You can also find more of Bozena’s poetry in our Poetry Library
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2018 World M.E. & F.M. Prayer & Meditation Day events on our HOME PAGE
Always the first Monday of every month from 12 noon – 12:30 (your time zone)
Today we are sharing an audio interview from the website of Bozena Zawisz, a featured poet in our Poetry Library. Bozena shares details about her book: ‘Liberating Inner Eve’, a reflective journey for women.
“The book addresses themes, expectations, and subconscious images that women have internalized around what it means to be a Christian woman. Many of these lie dormant within their subconscious and are seldom reviewed, yet can restrict their experience of self-confidence and agency.
Liberating Inner Eve is an uplifting and encouraging guide written by a Christian Counseling Psychologist with a 20 year experience. It invites readers to review their experiences and beliefs, and learn to conquer the most commonly found restrictions that prevent them from experiencing a deep sense of security and a connection with themselves.
Its chapters include: Eve-Inferior From the Start?; Blaming Eve; Who Am I Anyway?; Obedience; Silencing Eve; Staying Connected with Eve-Mindfulness; the Body of Eve; as well as many more.
Liberating Inner Eve combines author’s love of Christianity with her psychological insight and her understanding of the current social and historical pressures that impact on women, to support readers in nourishing an ever deeper experience of self-love and personal strength.”
—– Source: Youtube