For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
~ Ephesians 2:10
"My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I love poetry. Some people just know how to capture a moment, or a feeling, and to touch the soul of those who read their words.
We are all walking illustrations of God's expression. Each of us are the emotions, web and flow; all are gestures of who God is.
While in college a professor once told me that when I write I need to be kind to the reader. "Write so that the reader doesn't have to struggle to understand what you are saying."
Obviously, he had never read scripture! There are just some things about this world that can be confusing at times.
I try to wait to look at the newspaper, or listen to news headlines until I at least have my first cup of coffee. With some of the things in the world today I have to be somewhat alert to try to even comprehend the actions of others.
It's both confusing and heartbreaking at times. In Ephesians the writer proclaims that we are God's workmanship. The word in Greek is "poemia." We get the English word, "poem" from this word.
Whenever I read this scripture, in my head I refer to humanity as God's poem, created by God, to do God's will. Each of us are special. Connected by words in a line, and together serve as an illustration for others and one another, of God's creativity, but also beauty.
We are sonnets and periscopes, strings of prose, that create an image that others may see as the image and Spirit of the Creator.
There is beauty, and a promise... live your life in hope, and realize that each of us are part of a living illustration of who God is.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.