often times I lay and wonder
in that misty twilight sleep
my soul to keep...
but the sun in two shall rise
and I wipe sleep from my eyes
to hear another song of morning
sing from nature manifest in wing.
the mountains purple majesty
and amber hue stained clouds of pink
the sweetness that a morning brings
a nature celebration symphony
a gracious thank you and
This is real and wonderful
beyond my explanation
Nestled up against the Smoky Mountains
embraced by earthen greens
the spirit of my father's people
join in song with every living thing.
I am here today because they survived
they were denied but would not give up,
would not give in,
So as I gently, gracefully rock
I wrote this poem while rocking on a rocking chair overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains last July. It was a glorious time. A special vacation I planned and took my daughter's, son-in-law, grand-babies and Steve. It truly was a dream come true. Not only were we surrounded by trees, mountains, sometimes bears, and most heavenly of all was we were in the clouds. Yes, we were high enough that the clouds at time circled us and enfolded us in a heavenly embrace.
This particular morning, I was the only one awake. Safe, silent, solitude. All I could hear was an occasional bird calling out across the ravine. It was a sanctuary. I was at peace with the spirit of my father's people. My people.
Tonight during our segment of "Be Inspired, Be Transformed" I was called upon to read Matthew 6. What was so important about Matthew 6? Needless to say, I failed the calling. I didn't read it. I will read it during our "Mission Trip In Your Own Backyard." I realized as the final seconds of the show counted down why I was suppose to read it. You see, I have been leaving out the most important thing during our delivery of His word. His prayer.
Week after week, we proclaim His word, we sing praises to the King. We tell people how they can become closer, but, we forget one special thing. We fail to sit at His feet, before him like a child asking PaPa to tell the story again. Tell us again, what are we suppose to do? Matthew 6 leads us to the Lord's Prayer. The Lord's prayer...we have been praying our prayer, our interpretations, our understanding. Have I forgotten to share His prayer? This prayer was also delivered by our PaPa while reclining in His chair as He anticipated taking His rightful seat next to His Father.