Church is canceled for me today because of ice so I'm having my own little study time.
Here are 2 poems from the collection I just recommended, inspired by the Old Testament. Too many to love...
I asked for bread; God gave a stone instead.
Yet, while I pillowed there my weary head,
The angels made a ladder in my dreams,
Which upward to celestial mountains led.
And when I woke beneath the morning's beams,
Around my resting place fresh manna lay;
And, praising God, I went upon my way,
For I was fed,
God answers prayer; sometimes, when hearts are weak,
He gives the very gifts believers seek.
But often faith must learn a deeper rest,
And trust God's silence when He does not speak;
For He whose name is Love will send the best.
Stars may burn out, nor mountain walls endure,
But God is true, His promises are sure
For those who seek.
"And Moses when up unto God, and the Lord called until him out of the mountain."
Each soul much seek some Sinai
Where God's great truths are told;
Must find God's revelations
Writ on shining plates of gold.
Some high and sacred place, apart;
Some sky-touched mountain peak
Where he may hear the thunders roll
And all God's voices speak.
Each soul much find some silent place;
Some high and holy shrine
Where all the stars and suns and moons
And plunging planets shine.
Here are God's revelations;
Here are His thoughts, sublime
To guide all human hearts and hopes
Through space and tide and time.
Each soul must seek some Sinai;
Some vision-haunted place;
Some silent, sacred, singing shrine
To see His lighted face.