Posts Tagged ‘stamullen’

My Strong Tower…

May 17, 2012

Sometimes the pressures and weary ways of this life can become almost too great a burden and then perhaps we try to unwind by taking a peaceful walk in familiar surroundings. Old familiar scenes are comforting but it must be remembered that even these will some day pass away.

On a recent solitary walk, I looked towards an old tower in a distant field which I can see from my bedroom window. Strong, beautiful and of historical significance, it has overlooked the changing seasons of the countryside for many years. If it could talk, it would tell me of horse drawn ploughs and carriages, weary souls drawn from the hiring fairs and ladies in crinoline dresses with parasols. Throughout the years it stands; an unchanging familiar landmark, reminding me of a faithful, unchangeable friend. Nevertheless one day after that Great Harvest (Rev. 14), even this tower will be no more (Rev.21v1). Yet Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us, is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13v8) Jesus, my unchangeable, faithful Friend throughout the changing seasons of this life… “thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”  (Psalm 61v3). “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16v11)

 I wrote “Though Towers and Kingdoms Flee Away” quite a number of years ago…

Though Towers and Kingdoms flee away…

(Psalm 103v11-22)

 

There is a tower beyond my furrowed little hills,

That stands through winter’s stormy ills,

And purest snow, or heat of summer sun,

‘Gainst fiery sky when day is done,

Or mellow hues of morning light,

A gentle silhouette against the night.

 

And that day shall surely come to pass,

When this my tower shall be as grass,

And the flower of grass that withereth away,

And the flesh of man that doth decay,

And the glory of man that shall be no more –

A passing shadow through life’s final door.

 

But the soul whose trust is in the Lamb,

Whose blood was freely shed, its healing balm

A gift of love for all who ever were, or will

Be born into this world of sin and ill –

That soul shall stand though towers and kingdoms flee away,

Yea, that soul shall have eternal joy beyond life’s little day.

 

© Elizabeth Burke

 

Sowing the Seed on All Ireland Poetry Day

October 7, 2011

Seeing a window of opportunity in “All Ireland Poetry Day” on 6th October, I made a leaflet entitled: “A Little Selection of Christian Verse from the Irish Countryside.” It was interesting to discover again the old villages of Garristown and the Naul in North County Dublin. Garristown has a small Carnegie Library and the Naul is known for ‘the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre’ which also accommodates a small coffee shop. I distributed my poetry leaflets to both locations and also to the village of Stamullen and to the library in the town of Balbriggan. Little seeds can sometimes blow much further than we think!

How good it is to use every opportunity we are presented with to reach others with the good news of salvation. Even when we find ourselves in situations that are far from pleasant, we can use these new developments in our lives to the glory of God and for the extension of His kingdom. During recent months I have been in hospital because of ill-health but I have made contacts in that situation and have had the joy of giving signed copies of my first book “A Biblical Journey through the Irish Year” to some patients who I instinctively know it will touch.

In recent times I have also been thinking about the little maid who was carried away by the Syrians in 2Kings Chapter 5. I am sure that this was the last thing that she would have wished for herself, but that little maid was able to put a man of influence in touch with the Lord’s servant Elisha – and ultimately God’s healing and saving power!

I also think of Joseph who was sold by his brothers into Egypt; yet the Lord not only protected Joseph, but He raised him up to use him to save a nation from famine!

Yes, life can lead us down some dark paths, for even as Christians we live in a polluted and dangerous world, where satanic opposition should not be underestimated; yet we have this reassurance that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8v28)

And so we walk on, by faith, even through the darkest of nights, trusting that the Lord will protect us and bring us Home to be with Him forever, when life’s short day is over. Meanwhile, we have so little time to serve Him here and the night is fast approaching when “no man can work” (John 9v4). Therefore, let us ask His guidance for every new and unique opportunity that comes our way to reach the souls!

Below is one of the verses from my little poetry leaflet, based on the verse… “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4v18)

The Path of the Just 

Softly glowing light

Throughout the darkest night,

Every cloud its silver lining,

Every sorrow, love entwining.

My path meanders on,

In faith towards the Dawn –

Oh breaking glory, eternal Day,

Forever with my Lord to stay! 

© Elizabeth Burke