Our Father

Our Father

Our Father –
The beginning,
Gathering. Creation.
Light, darkness.
Outside gull
Calling across vastness
Of Autumnal sky.
Hint of cold yet, all
Is well. That first light –
Coming together in innocence
“And I will gather you
As a mother…”

Who heard your first breath?

Meaning, purpose
Birthed from
Chaos and emptiness.
Your peace, your wholeness
Offered with gift of yourself
Priest of love in truth.

In Heaven –
We shall sit
Where table awaits.
No more pain,
No weeping.
Heart of transcendence
Is true
Divine abiding
Where love in
Truth lives eternal.
Those gathered now
Stand again forever.
A step to heaven
So often is
Finding myself
Fragile strand in
The web of life.
Frail candle flickering
In darkness, me
Feeling fear as a
Naked winter tree
Has sense of reaching out
With contorted branches.
I seek you, I can find you
My blessed peacemaker
Light of the world
Illumining path to peace with me.
Leave us not when in temptation –
Frail, easily broken
As fallen autumn leaf.
Hearing, seeing ways
Into person-consuming darkness
Apart, alienated from daily
Flurry, end of isolation
Easily seen, seldom felt.

Leave not, guide, deliver
End of all loneliness,
Light to desolate secret
Places of the heart.

Indeed, there is so much evil

Seeking for peace with the self
Which grows from peace with you.

Deliver from every evil,
Lead to everlasting light.
In shadow –
Good shepherd
Still leading where
My vision is hurt
And fragmentary
Bringing me back
From the edge
Where I walked,
Where I sat down,
Where my time
Was not yet appointed.
I have known
The clinging cloak
Of suicide.
Then, on my road,
Met stranger known in
“Pannis Angelicus”
Bread of angels
Broken for even me.
Out of the depths
Have I truly cried,
I am heard, now
Begins my journey home.

Give us this day –

This day, moment
Now turning
Where path of shadow
Is a teacher, if we
Allow. Here the
Holy Shepherd
Seeks even me.
Natures loved ones
Carry on
Showing treasures
Lining the way
To the only peace.

Your name –
Love beyond
Name, giving
Of self.
Going to
Such pain,

Loneliness beyond any
I could know.
Your name
Blessed place
Where loved ones
Rest forever.
Me as just me
Loved for ever
In holy light.

Your will –

Be alive
In this piece
Of earth
As in heaven.
You my refuge
My hope dwelling
Where that hope distantly
Waves like an
Innocent child
Continuously coming
Close to where I wait.

And you shall lead –

In your holy
On to fountain
Of living
Water and peace.
No more tears,
No distress.

Light of life
Illumine the path
Resting on treasures
Lining the way.

Thou art with me –

End of loneliness,
Of desertion.
Together united
In allowing
True space.

Bringer of
True nourishment
Helps the hurting
To be human again.

And forgive -

Breathing out my darkness,
Casting away cloak of cold shadow,
Seeking to be forgiven

Precious healing linked with letting go
Yes, just as I am, I indeed come
Also needing self-forgiveness.
Perhaps signpost toward peace
With mystery of me
I can forgive you too, ask you…
Seek the path of blessing yet
Notice the treasures along the way
No need to entreat you not to leave,

Always move onward
To gathering and peace.

Your Father that sees in secret –

You see in my secret places
Knows my longing,
My need, I am gathered
Like a frightened child,
Held close, am precious now,
Places of my heart
Only he sees
Sanctified now knowing
Love shall never die.
Dear ones in the
Cloud of witness go
On living forever in holy joy.

When you pray –

To the voice of
Longing, know
Holy love in truth.

“Many waters cannot
Quench love, neither can
The floods drown it.”

Come, as you are,
Know I am here
Be still and know

“I am the good shepherd.”

Be near in my temptation –

Seek me then
With your comfort
Yet, may I see you
Even when
Other light
Illumines a path
Away, be compassion
In truth, one-ness,
Just as I am

Again in stillness
To knowing you,
Peace with you
My saviour and true friend.

Deliver from evil –

Find mystery
Of me
Alone on
Path leading to
End of self.
Clothed in
Nakedness of pretext
Where no real safety is.
Longings, fears,
As lost sheep
Are gathered
Hearing me whisper
“May I and all I
Love truly stand again”
Here, start of new
Life in truth.

In the beginning was listening.

“… a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thine arm.”

Heart –

In my heart secret places
Known only and forever
To those who could and should know.
Loved ones know a personal
Resurrection here, stand again
Here, prelude to heaven
Where your holy light bathes
Our true selves, we can live forever.
Death is passing to the holy life,

Death is a wise and noble friend.
Compassion encountered on the way
Who finds me and takes me home.

In holy light no sickness is, no tears,
Sealed with gift of your true self
In love beyond all words and feeling.

Thine heart –

Upon thine heart, gathered
In your arms lambs rest close
Safe with shepherd in dark valley.
No more want, curtain
Around me slowly rending asunder

Path slowly opens,
I can walk in peace
Where love casts out fear
Truly hallowed be your name.
“Where you lodge I will lodge.”

George Coombs

Our Father

George Coombs

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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