Written by Karla Rowley

“Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are ‘God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’” Ephesians 2:10

‘For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 (The Voice)

I love poetry. I love music and singing and all ‘things bright and beautiful’. When I was a child and my family of origin faced difficult situations, I was blessed with mentors and Christian friends who helped me to understand that the difficult days would change and there would be positive experiences even in the midst of the difficult.

When I found this verse from Ephesians in The Voice translation, it spoke to me of how much poetry and singing can help to teach a child about their worth to God. I knew about the verses in the Old Testament referring to our being in the palm of Jesus’ hand. As a child I believed He was there with me and His presence gave me the strength to learn how to grow up and make decisions about how I would choose to raise my own children. I love how this verse expresses that we are ‘heaven’s poetry etched on lives.’

As a teenager, I experienced with a friend the loss of his father. My friend was in the service and his father was diagnosed with cancer one week and was gone by the next week. My friend was unable to return home and for him there was terrible pain. I wrote a poem for him to try to provide support from a distance.

‘A Dream Deferred

Yesterday—when he walked along the shore—
His head was bent, his shoulders slumped.
His dream was in ruins.
His world in a mess.
His life and his being only a jest.
He stood alone on the shore.
In pain at what was said, what was being done.
In his aloneness—looking deep within himself,
Trying to find himself again.
In his pain, he finds himself very much alive,
Aware of his own pain, aware of himself and of his life and essence,
Aware that here, deep within, the strength to go on is found.
So that,
Today he walks with lighter steps and whistles as he goes.
Yesterday’s dream has been deferred, but today’s is fresh and strong.’

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