Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whispers of Grace

Yesterday, I was blog hopping and read the most beautiful post about listening to the whispers of Grace instead of all the negative voices that shout back at us from our mirrors. I don't know where I was, or I would direct you back there. The post ended in a question, asking what we were hearing today. And this is my response to that heart searching question:

Whispers of Grace

Grace opens closet doors and reaches far
As far as it must take to find me there,
Hiding, scared, and fearing all that hurts,
But Grace embraces, whispers words of care.

Grace sees the soiled dress, so ripped and frayed,
Stained, and far beyond a needle and a thread,
But Grace redresses me in robes of white,
And whispers, This is all you need instead.

Grace sees the dying embers of my dreams,
Ashes of the bridges I have burned,
But Grace with sweetest breath fans life anew
And turns all my mistakes to lessons learned.

Grace sees my feet, as I would start to stray,
Leaving paths that lead to good and right,
Grace picks me up, and points me in the way
And places in my hand a guiding light.

I listen to the voices in my soul
Not Good Enough is knocking at my door,
Unloved and Left Alone would stay too long,
But Grace, in whispers, says, I love you more.

Grace rebuilds the bridges I once burned,
Leading back to Him who loves me so,
How can such love be mine, I humbly cry,
Grace whispers, And how much, you’ll never know!

So loud the voices, chasing from behind!
Words that tear and rip my soul apart!
So quiet, soft, a whispered breath of Grace,
And all is calm again within my heart!

--Cora Eelman

Lord, show me where I can whisper a breath of Grace today!


Yesteryear Embroideries said...

This is just lovely!

Kristin Bridgman said...

SO beautiful!!! I would love to share this with one I know who needs a whisper of grace.
I love your heart:)

Debbie said...

I hope you are planning to publish your writings so you can reach more people with them. They are really a blessing! "And turns all my mistakes to lessons learned."
And aren't we glad!

Thanks, Debbie

Debra said...

What a beautiful poem, Cora. You have a true gift with words. I love you.

dsblanchard said...

Dear Cora,

There is absolutely no one else can paint grace in its rightful place like you do. Each stanza is like

on the one hand: this is how it is
and on the other: this is who He is and what He's done about it

Over and over again through repeated examples you tell it until we HAVE to believe it because it is, simply, too enormous to ignore!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Susie Swanson said...

This is such a blessing and so beautiful.. I love your writing, it touches me deep in my soul..I am your follower and looking forward to it..Thank you so much for your beautiful words on mine..

Nacole said...

oh, Cora, this is absolutely gorgeous! just love it so much and it was so perfect for me to read. a whisper of grace, a fresh wind. thats all i need, all i need to listen for. why is it so hard for me to remember that? love you, dear woman.

Janet said...

Hi Cora,

Lovely post.

Your new blog look is great. Love it.

Take care, Janet W :)

Linda Moser Winebrenner said...

Rich and uplifting and powerful. Keep writing, Cora.

Linda Moser Winebrenner said...

Rich and uplifting and powerful. Keep writing, Cora.

Court said...

Loved the rebirth part... reminded me of the phoenix which has been in my mind lately and how much God uses transformations in his Stories.

Jedidja said...

Thank you Cora! So beautiful.

Lieve groetjes.

KathyB. said...

You shared this today with my Facebook page, and I used a link to this whisper of grace on my blog today. Cora, I will return to this again.

I know God has allowed you to share this whispered breath of grace today.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful...and such a timely word...yes GRACE!!!!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Cora,

This is my first visit to your lovely blog...Kathy B. sent me over.

Your poem is very, very beautiful and oh so true.

Thank you,

Kathy M.