January 17, 2021
"Lo, children are a heritage from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward."
Lord of all creation,
please give us
Little faces thrown away
From shelter and nurturing nest
Established in God's likeness
An image dispossessed
Who is it that gave you life?
Is it not the Lord Almighty?
Perfect, tiny knitted one
Yet, robbed, your worth and dignity
Timeless spirits fluttering home
Before a chance to dance or sing
No memories saved or stories to tell
But presented before your King
Little souls are tossed away
It's human hearts that must be changed
Fervent prayers must never wane
Our having life is why He came!
Carol Grandell Scott
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made..."
reproductive health rollssoeasilyoffthetongue
Susan Beth Furst
"Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
another closed book sits on the shelf
Lori Assadi Ramsey
One day, they just stopped
Then they took it off the shelves.
I found it forty years later,
in a bin
in the back
of a used record store.
I play it
in the dark,
spinning the sound
Susan Beth Furst
Susan Beth Furst Image by Canva
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them..." Matthew 6:26
gourds hanging from a fence nests for the birds
Ann C. Welch
"Behold, I am making all things new." Revelation 21:5
in dappled sunlight
a breeze touches my face...
God is near
©Al Gallia 2019
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
I would like to thank our poets; Sarah Sherwood, Carol Grandell Scott, Lori Assadi Ramsey, Christine L. Villa, and Al Gallia. I pray that your words will speak hope to the hopeless, forgiveness to the burdened, and life to all who seek it. Jesus provides it abundantly. God Bless You. And God Bless the little children, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.
In His Name,
"gourds," by my friend Ann C. Welch is published in her memory.
"just when I think my life is in balance," haiga by Christine L. Villa, The Bluebird's Cry, Japanese short-form poetry, 2016.
"Gagged," haibun by Susan Beth Furst, The Red River Book of Haibun: Volume One, Editors Steve Hodge & Paresh Tiwari, 2019.
hyacinth & sunflower, photography by Susan Beth Furst.
Life Poems, A Journal of Christian Poetry, edited by Susan Beth Furst, 2021.