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Something To Remember, Yet So Often Forgotten...There sits upon the throne a majestic King. His eyes burn like fire, and in His hand is the scepter of power and authority. The throne is on a dais, raised above them all, and a glorious, warm, and soul-piercing light fills and surrounds everything. The King wears a delicate crown in the shape of thorns, and an elegant robe of white, red, and purple adorns His shoulders. His face is the countenance of righteousness and the epitome of goodness. Though He is the King of kings and there is no one beside Him, He looks down upon my wretched form with mercy and kindness. There I am, on my knees before the throne, bent at the back, sobs wrenching my body. The throne room is silent, except for the sound of my anguished cries. To be sure, the King on the throne beholds me and shows compassion; for my life is in His hands. I cannot understand why I should be admitted into the very presence of this mighty King. He is unlike any I have ever known...he has more authority, more power, more judgment,
Forgotten LoveI stare out over the ocean sunset, my heart heavy in my chest
I stand here in silence, alone and forsaken-unlike all the rest
I ignore them all as they pass around me, hand in hand
I feel regret when I see their couple-footprints in the sand
For how many years have I tried, how many times have I failed?
Too many to count, I fear; eventually bleak loneliness prevailed
I have tried to love and be loved in return, but its no good
My future with love is broken, I’d cease to exist if I could
I walk the beach, surrounded by laughter and the happy lover
I feel a gentle chill race up my spine, and a mystery I do discover
Gentle arms wrap around me, and love is whispered into my ear
I stop to feel the chill race over my skin, but I know there is nothing to fear
I close my eyes and smile as His warmth fills my lonely heart
The light of His love is enough to make my dead soul restart
I am overcome and lost in this love that has no beginning nor end
I am free, unchained to a mortal man, my b
Behold the stain of sin as it spreads through my innocent heart
Its black fingers separate You and I and keep us far apart
What am I to do with myself? I cannot help but trip and go down
I find myself loosing the fight; in this sickness I will drown
The blackness in my soul would purge every thing that was good
I wish I had retained the perfect innocence of my childhood
But sin caught me unawares, and now I am ensnared in its lethal cord
I cannot blame anyone else for my fall; this sentence is my reward
Can anyone save me from myself? Can anyone help me from this mess?
I look to those around me, but I find myself alone and in distress
Am I to be trapped in this pit forever? Is this hell my eternal home?
Or am I to be alone here, destined forever in this wasteland to roam
Somewhere I heard, long ago, that there was a Helper from above
I was told that He was gentle, meek, and innocent as a white dove
Curious I began to search for this Man, for I hoped He could save me
A Revelation of the Grace of GodWarning: this context contains Christian material. You are forewarned.
For years, ever since I became a follower of Christ, there was a term that I often read and heard that went right over my head, a term that I just took at face value without really realizing the full implications behind it. Until now, that is. That term was this: "the grace of God".
"By the grace of God we are saved." Alright. Awesome. Thanks God. That was my attitude; thankful for the grace, but not truly understanding the entire picture. Then, a couple of days ago, as I was reading scripture and communicating with the Holy Spirit, a sudden realization/revelation hit me full on, and it left me floored, awed, and overcome with emotion. I will do my very best to convey to you just exactly what I realized...its hard to put it into words. I feel like I need to share this with others (believers and non-believers alike), because what I realized gives an image to the face of God that so many people miss. I realized that,
Mirror Of SoulsPART ONE: THE HALL OF MIRRORS
It started out as a dream. Or perhaps it was a vision...whatever it was, it changed my life forever. Let me dive into my own life a little first before I begin my story. My name is Dany, and before I had my vision, I could say I was a fairly ambitious person. I had to have things my way, I was impatient, eager to move forward in the world, to conquer my world and make my life shine like a bright star. I had everything as a child and young adult: rich parents who worked in the political ranks; fancy toys; latest and newest fashion clothes; a free ride to Harvard where I graduated with honors from the law school. There was nothing I didn't have, and yet as I grew older, something seemed to be missing. Something important.
And this is where my vision comes in. It is a tale that twists and turns through the halls of pride, fear, hopelessness, renewed hope, and ultimately the saving grace of love. This is my vision. But unlike any normal vision...this one w
PhoenixYou called me from my sleep in death, promising me new life
You beckoned to me as I remained in shadow, enslaved to my strife
You pleaded with me to let go of my hatred, to end my curse
You warned me that my anger would grow, my plight would get worse
For how many years did You struggle in this fight with me?
As we wrestled and fought, You said you wanted me to be free
But I was chained to the darkness, my master was the grave
I believed the lies of evil that I was too dark to save
Your holy light pierced through to my soul, setting me ablaze
My darkened soul tried to escape, but You left me in a daze
But instead of surrendering, the fight returned to my heart
I knew that this fight was the last, soon we would never be apart
In the bitter struggle of my spirit, I fought Your hand of grace
I could not accept another master, I was already in death's embrace
But You kept fighting, showing me a love that never failed
I fought against You until Your undying devotion for me prevailed
In my b
All That You Have Done For MeYou pursue me with a love that is relentless
Even when I give up on life and feel hopeless
You are right there when I feel I am faceless
You are my strength when I am defenseless
You answered me when I cried out in desperation
You rescued my soul and gave my spirit liberation
You showed me how to live this life of salvation
You rescued me from my search for damnation
You won't relent until this bleeding heart is Yours
You show me at every turn You are the one who restores
So now I will fly, up on eagles wings my spirit soars
You will keep me going until I reach heaven's shores
Your anger is brief, but Your grace and peace is abounding
Your forgiveness and mercy is a warm light surrounding
That You would save ME...I confess I find it astounding
You have sheltered me from Hell's infernal hounding
So now I can say that when I am weak, You make me strong
Give voice to my soul, and my spirit will sing Your song
You showed me that You are life...and I have been wrong
To think that I was unlo
AscendingWeakness creeps across my limbs, and I collapse upon the ground
I am here on my knees, trying to cry out but not uttering a sound
I feel the blood rushing and the blackness cuts out my vision
The stabbing pain my soul cuts through me with ruthless precision
My heart flutters in my ribcage, my can't catch a ragged breath
I fall to my side and wait for the silent approach of death
Darkness and light wage a war before my fear-filled eyes
I knew this day would come, I can feel my spirit as it now dies
Barely hanging on, this thread of life has been worn so thin
It is fraying now, I am just waiting for eternity to begin
As my vision fades in and out, a cold rain begins to descend
With a staggering lurch, my soul lets go and begins to ascend
I can look down upon my now still form, my eyes open and staring
I wish I could comfort the ones who find me, to keep them from despairing
But the emotions of mortal life are done and over for me now
For now it is my time, soon I come before God's throne
DeclarationThe light has turned to darkness at His instigation
The whispered words of hate have fired up His indignation
He sits upon His throne and listens to their accusation
Behold the wrath of the Lamb at those who beg for damnation
Smoke is rising from His holy altar, a sign of His vindication
He sits and scoffs at the mockers, the ones who spit upon salvation
He has been provoked to anger, He will bring them to defamation
He will give them over to the flames to see their own devastation
He is slow to anger and His love endures throughout creation
But this is a day and age where His children are in isolation
You would be wise to not cross the Lord's determination
"Every knee shall bow to Me" is His eternal declaration
So come to the altar, child of God, receive your coronation
The Holy Spirit has come to be your true consolation
Do not surrender to the world and her wicked condemnation
For you are a child of King, raise your voice in exultation!
The wonders of the world are at my feet,
creation's endless charity.
Golden sun above and warmth makes life sweet,
night stars help me gain clarity
... and yet I am alone.
Roses and daisies and buttercups too,
green grass and blue sky above me.
Mountains and valleys and geysers that spew,
ocean as far as my eye can see
... and yet I am alone.
New moon above and Milky Way heavens,
lights that inspire poetry.
Bright shooting stars and Northern lights events,
cosmic dance of life surrounds me
... and yet I am alone.
I hold this truth to be above all truth,
that what we need most, is love.
The absence of love makes earthly joys moot,
what I would give... to fit hand in glove
... and never, ever, again be alone.
*The Cathedral*Graveyard sparkles, coat of frost
Souls sleep in comfort none are lost
Yew trees stand's silent friend
Up the pathway faithful wend.
Illuminated Christmas star
Penitants travel from afar
Spiritual comfort, blessed peace
Worldly concerns find release
Stained glass window does inspire
Glorious colours flame desire
Insence smells and bells so pure
Winter Cathderal, open door.
Bathed in scripted bile
A vale of silence falling
Bureaucraticly hiding all
Dysfunctional desires rampant
A festering rotted core
Inequalities deeply binding
Insidious malcontents survive
A decadent soulless beacon
Fulfilling wanton desires
Hypocritically content miscreants
Unchecked carnivorous fools
Blackened evillest wanting
Lost in greed and lust and deed
Radical animosity revealing
Cantankerous inept pontiffs
Cadaverous satanic tools
Solemn service sacrificed
Screaming to deafened ears
What once was the answer
Has turned into misery and fear
Writhing twisted malformation
Unburdened of belief
Empty faithless vessel
Devoid of love and peace
BetrayalI have the memory
I have forgotten
My kisses are fresh
And they're so rotten
My eyes shoot daggers
But stare so sweetly
Our life is a mess
That is arranged so neatly
It hurts me so bad
And yet I feel nothing
You were always so suspicious
You were easily so trusting
You've killed me completely
And filled me with life
I deserve to be an ex
But also your wife
I have given up
I continue to try
You should've told the truth
But you should've lied.
Under the KnifeWhitewash my arms and legs
Until it's okay to be me
until I'm like all the rest
Until I am free
Paint my face,
Bleach my skin,
Change my race.
Why doth ye abandoneth me, O my love?
Have thy heart forgotten thine untamed dove?
Am I damned? Am I ugly?
What is it that makes thee, forsake me?
I live the way thee desireth.
I abide silence and pride forsaketh!
Why ye then blind towards my pain?
Why ye maketh my plea go vain?
Why thou maketh my life so dismal?
The wrath of thy apathy maketh my living abysmal!
Without thee life equals death!
Earnestly for thy mercy I prayeth!
I seeketh peace in thy happiness,
in thy grief I abideth thine loneliness.
Then why dost I fail to please thee?
Why ye not fill my heart with thine abounding mercy?
Reveal unto me my flaw my dear,
an unfathomable grave seems to draw me near!
All frail… all broken… my ordeal finds no end…
Without thy grace my heart can never mend!
To thy sweetest word I yearn.
In the moonlit night forlorn I burn.
Why unto me ye so stern?
Why is thine love so stubborn?
I fail to perceive thy rejection!
Thine unconcern brings unto me a venomous
DFC 3: The PlagueYou are the plague,
That soothes every wound,
So raw and off-key,
Sweet and fine-tuned,
Nobody knows you,
I see your soul,
The timid young rabbit,
The lion so bold,
Nary a whisper,
Carries my scream!
As heavens lie silent,
Hailing; they teem,
Forget all you’ve seen,
But remember me most,
A vibrant bright entity,
A pale shattered ghost,
Joyfully dancing we,
Stare at the sound,
Lost in the darkness,
In light all around,
Where people breathe fire,
I’m encased in ice,
Each moment disgusts me,
I’m fully enticed.
No words are muttered,
They’re chanting our song,
Pulses have quickened,
Dead all along.
You are my plague,
You soothe every wound,
Free and in love,
In hatred entombed.
FOR THE LOST CHILDI am a man who is lost in a child
And my child he never grew
His spirit within, my mother defiled
Turning his soul black and blue.
The years have passed, the summers fade
Still my torment it rages on
This man I am, cold and afraid
Hides from the waking dawn.
My little child is locked inside
Vowing to never come out
This poor little boy, he thinks he died
Existing in shadow and doubt.
I love him, this child inside of me
Yet no matter how hard I try
He will never know what it means to be free
Until that day when I die.
It is I who bears his lasting pain
Yes, ‘tis I that must tarry and wait
Sometimes I think that my life was in vain
As I sit here and ponder my fate.
My mother’s been dead for quite some time
As Cancer accomplished its goal
Below the earth, she rests from her crime
With the little boys heart that she stole.
I see him each day in the mirror
This albatross that I must wear
Bringing me ever nearer
To the end of this life we have shared.
God has set the path I must
The EdgeI stand on the edge of life and death
My balance precariously held…
Every moment could usher in my last breath
The Gates of Shadow I have beheld
The edge of life was where I thrived
Standing still on the brink…
To live and to die was for all I strived
The darkness will come and my soul will sink
The Abyss is deep, eternal darkness is sure
But still I stand, no fear in my heart…
The shadow is doom, the Light a cure
But where do I turn? Where do I start?
So instead I chose the narrow path
My life is a journey now to walk…
God is with me here, guiding with His staff
The demons abandon their stalk
Life and death is a journey to take
My soul must go this way…
Eternity in life I will never again forsake
For God’s grace is here to stay
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