annunciation

 

At heaven’s high command,
a white-hot beam of purest light
penetrates time and space
to touch our tiny blue planet.

In a peasant cottage,
silence is muted by
an alien presence; the
whispering whir of mighty wing.

Flesh crawls with palpable terror
as the dazzling creature, a holy flame,
fixes its piercing gaze on one
wide-eyed, trembling maiden.

“Do not be afraid.”

Surprising, melodious words
uttered by molten-gold messenger
to an ordinary girl who pales
in wonder, what can this mean?

Glory’s courier speaks favor—
words of prophets coming true
Spirit of I AM will overshadow you,
virgin chosen to mother Messiah.

Her eyes lower, palms sweat,
as dry lips answer from her
wildly-beating, totally yielded heart,
she burns but does not disintegrate.

“I am the Lord’s servant.”

 

(Originally posted in 2012 as “advent: trial by fire”; later, expanded and focused. I was privileged to read this at our church Christmas Eve service, 2016)

hearts like leaves

 

five-pointed starlight

night blooming (morning) glory

moon waxes…then wanes

 

moonflower

moonflowers – CDHK

remove your sandals

 

carnelian leaves

bow awed in holy presence

burning bush aflame

_______

foliage re-lit each autumn

reveal Creator’s glory

 

ID 35761236 © Dfikar | Dreamstime.com

 Japanese-style garden, Texas        ID 35761236 © Dfikar | Dreamstime.com

 

birth announcement

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  (1 John 1:5)

 

messenger of light

alien voice speaks good news

bright winged radiance

 

trembling shepherds shade wide eyes

angel commands, “Do not fear!”

 

 Link to CDHK “Angel” theme

angel-of-light

we all fall down

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Autumn’s glory shines

maples flame and birch blaze

melting into gold

 

Raindrops fall with tears 

windshield wipers ticking time

sorrow’s misty fog

 

Precious Autumn flies

away to heaven’s blest blue

singing with angels

 

Sweet life is brief as 

burning leaves and turning seasons

ashes to ashes.

 

 

(In honor of Autumn Elgersma, age 3, of Orange City who

left this world bereft on October 31, 2013)