Sunday, January 25, 2015

Winter Songs

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day, 
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
 And as silently steal away.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Winter Songs

When winter days are cold and drear,
Listen to me, Friend so dear,
Listen well and you will hear
The winter's sweet sweet music.

Winter's cold sings spring's bright tale
A song of the sun and thawing dale
Which comes as promised—without fail
Now can't you hear that music?

Winter's hymn is of summer bright
When heat clings even into the night
And children run and fly a kite,
These tunes are in winter's music.

Winter's chorus sings autumn days
When fireflies flit and bonfires blaze
And crimson leaves a'falling raise
The melody of winter's music.

Winter's ballad is in the wind's cry
Lifting and falling as days pass by,
Afternoon shadows—the night's lullaby
Notes of the year's fairest music.

©Elece Hollis 2015

A Celebration of Family by Helen Steiner Rice (2010, Hardcover) Image

This book of poems by Helen Steiner Rice includes devotionals written by Elece Hollis.
Try this source for a copy of Elece's book.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the Winter of the Soul

"He who lives in hope dances without a fiddle."

In the winter of the soul
Reach from your cold room toward a window
Reach toward a cracked door
Reach forward, reach outside that room
To a warm and sun-filled place beyond yourself

In the winter of the soul
Reach—pull—climb out of the dark places
Stretch to the light—to help—to hope
Look out, look up to the source of all comfort,
And love will shine in on you, and you will grow.

We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast...
(From Hebrews 6:18-19  KJV)