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Reflections of a poet, preacher, and contemplative activist

A Psalm for a Spring Day

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord of heaven and earth.

The flowers bloom in your gracious Light,
The trees spread their branches in praise!
Even the sparrow finds a home
At the altar of your spacious Care.

My heart delights in your Presence!
My soul sings of your eternal Glory!

You are my Guide through each day,
The Fountain of my persistent hope,
The Ever-flowing Stream of peace,
The Source of this amazing life!

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord of all that is and ever will be.

Words (c)2012 Mark Lloyd Richardson

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10 Comments

  1. marian kaser

    Oh My!!! That looks exactly like my mother-in-laws patio in Michigan on the edge of the woods!!..bird feeders and everything!!! The green is definitely God’s country.

  2. The trees spread their branches in praise. Love this personifying line. Wonderful!

    • Thank you. It’s similar to the Psalms in scripture in that way. I’ve always appreciated the thought that all creation (the natural world) falls within God’s saving grace and concern.

      • Hey Mark,

        Thought you would be interested in this profound connection that dawned on me reading “Imagine” by Jonah Lehrer. Speaking about writers block, creative stopage. He claims that the depression that artist go through while in the doldrums of creativity’s trade winds, is really a physically measured process of left hemisphere’s abilities taxed, the doldrums is a process of shifting winds so to speak. The right is waking up, the answers are coming, and creativity will inevitably flourish.
        Now if all things and process is relative to God absent of evil. Just think what this process is relative to. We believe in hope, in prayer, that good will always win, and the trials we go through, the period of times where YAWH is silent or seems distant, is only a process of His nature. Answers will come, and they will come as joyously as a rush and spill of creativity comes to the artist, freeing them from the threat of inexpression. So cool how God always comes through and while we go through this dark process of waiting, He instructs us to pray, to watch, to sin not in full faith of His coming.
        Just have to love this miracle of awareness He has bestowed upon us to see all His workings relative to the simplicity of our physical world.

  3. Reblogged this on S'halom alechem and commented:
    Amazing psalm by Mark..

  4. Oh Mark, your writing is just lovely! I am a poet too….have been since i was a child. it is only over the last few years that I have started to share with the world beyond my fam and friends. What loveliness, Mark. Sweetness, stillness, and surrender in your poems. thank you for gracing my morning today!

    • Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your gratitude. Poetry is a spiritual practice in my life, a way to attempt to convey the sacredness of life all around us, even in the midst of challenges and hardships. Mostly I write for my own soul, but I do share some of them. Blessings to you, Mark

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