Like the Dewfall

O God, our
God of wind and storm and rain,

King of all
the force of nature’s might

Lord of hurricane
and burning sun

Of all our
earthly sea and sky and land,

Who sends as
herald quake and blazing fire,

Yet comes at
last in a whispering breath of air.

Sometimes, O
God, our hearts cannot abide

The fury of
your love in all its force

fierceness of your love with all its fire.

You pour out
grace upon us like the rain

Pelting down
upon our cowering heads,

backwards hearts afraid of drops

Of too much

                                Life we need,
but Lord

Our leaves
are still so young, so pale, so soft

And worms
and slugs have been gnawing at our roots.

The earth
itself, it seems, would wash away

In the
shower of your Love, O mighty God.

Life we
need, but Life we cannot bear,

It is far
too strong for us. Have Mercy, Lord!

The rain

                              The sun sets.

Night falls.

The air
grows chill, and still, and dark, with sounds

Of scurrying
things in shadows on each side.

We cower in
the black of ignorance;

merciful dilution of the light

Seems worse,
far worse, than the blazing light of sun.

Here in the
dark we choke and wilt and droop

As hours
tick by without a hint of life

O God, my
God, where are you in this night?

The cold air
chills through every pore and cell

Numbing me
with no apparent gain

unbeknownst to me the very air

Grows damp
and soft, pregnant with His grace

And drops of
moisture form upon my skin.

infinite tenderness each one is formed

from the imperceptible grace

That fills
the night with God’s own glorious life,

And gently emplaced
by the Holy Spirit’s hand.

The coolness
sooths and heals my battered flesh,

And soaks
unhurried into my thirsty cells.

Then as the
sun returns I stand bedecked

In prophetic
jewels of bright, thrice borrowed light,

A gift from
Him, my King, my Father, My God.

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