Reviving The Heart

The difficulties of the journey in darkness have left the heart emptied and the soul wounded and worn down. Yet the heart trusts that God will provide healing and peace out of His abundant love. In the stilled silence of deep prayer, God provides the great gift of His life to the soul to revive it on its way to the Cross.

"Those of steadfast mind You keep in peace - in peace because they trust in You. O Lord, we wait for You; Your name and Your renown are the soul's desire. My soul yearns for You in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks You…O Lord, You will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, You have done for us." (Isaiah 3.8b-9,12)

Evening Vigil

As night descends, the heart awaits
The God of peace, with hope and trust.
The soul struggled through narrow gates,
Leaving much behind in the dust.

Here in the dark, the heart attends
The Lord, with all its passions staid.
With humble trust, the soul extends -
Foundations of friendship are laid.

The heart opens up to receive
The Lord, in stillness, listening.
A flow, too subtle to perceive,
Spills in the soul, overflowing.

This flow, simple and delicate,
Fills the soul with a great treasure.
This gift of God, in pure spirit,
Yields life and love beyond measure.

The heart rejoices in the night;
The blunt darkness has bled pure light!

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13.44)

Lord, open my heart and still my soul to prepare me to receive Your gift of love. Fill me to overflowing with light and joy and life! Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2009