Easter Blessings

Wishing all my friends, family and followers a very Happy and Blessed Easter in remembering the reason for the season – Easter eggs, Hot Cross Buns, Family and Fun but most importantly, Jesus. Because he died we have a new life in him. My friend and fellow writer, Joy has written an Easter poem which I would like to share with you.

Gethsemane
To remain, stay awake and pray
these are the tasks
assigned to the disciples

and to us, 
as well, even now,
as we face our own battles.

Yet we brag, big ourselves up
and anticipate greatness
from souls of dust,

or we cringe and creep
because we feel
like worms without worth.

But God knows the state of us
all too well,
and he grants us the grace

to have a fresh start
if we're willing
to ask for his help.

Jesus sought to support himself
but found his friends
deeply lacking

in their ability to keep alert,
to pray faithfully
and to stay awake.

In the depths of his humanity
he identified
completely with you and me,

and still he gives
us grace when we mess up
because he knows
just what we are made of. 

© Joy Lenton

Joy has also just published a book of her poems written around the seasons. It is called ‘Sacred Noticing.

She uses the strong imagery demonstrated in her poetry to connect with nature and her faith in God. Each section or season in the book is illustrated like the cover above, with bold, colourful plates. I enjoyed reading this book which has enabled me to connect better with the natural world and see it as a pointer to the divine creator. Joy’s book can be found on Amazon by the link below.

Amazon.co.uk : Sacred Noticing by Joy Lenton

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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