Posted in Christianity, Inspiration, Loss, Photography, The Beauty of Creation, Trials & Blessings

The Unfulfilled Rose – Sadness as Blossoms Fall and Lie in Falling Tears

A little something I wrote six years ago:-

Shattered in the Rain Over the last week or so, I have been peering out of our bay window on waking, to see my beautiful ‘English Rose’ blossoming before my very eyes and being in awe, once again, of the perfect work of my Lord and Saviour. This is one of two David Austin roses that I recently bought and I was so excited to see the finished rose.

Shattered in the Rain 2We’ve been having soft; but steady rain for quite a while now and the rose continued to break forth and grasp as much sunlight as possible.

Shattered in the Rain 3Words cannot describe this gorgeous bloom laced with scent from heaven.

Shattered in the Rain 4Sadly, the rain was bruising the underside (sorry I’m not technical in botanical terms).

Shattered in the Rain 5But each morning brought with it another stunning image.

Shattered in the Rain 6Really starting to open up now. I’m in love.

Shattered in the Rain 7So many petals on one sweet flower and the colour, divine.

Shattered in the Rain 8But the rain was taking its toll on the dear, little one.

Shattered in the Rain 9And this morning I awoke to a broken sight.

Shattered in the Rain 10My heart broke. Perfection, beauty lay fallen upon the ground.

Shattered in the Rain 11The creaminess had become a soft shade of lemon. Crushed. Compacted in pain.

Shattered in the Rain 13This is all that remains. Remnants of torn petals for which I feel much sadness and yes, guilt.

Shattered in the Rain 14For you see, a few days ago, I took the damaged petals from the rose. I had to tear them off. I feel that I have in some way contributed to the rose’s demise. It was unable to hold all of heaven’s tears and unable to take it any longer, it just gave up and surrendered to what it knew it couldn’t control.

I had even written a poem :-

“Such a silly thing I did today

I tried to take imperfection away

I prayed the Lord, He wouldn’t take

The beauty of the rose at stake”

But by tearing away what I thought was something that was marring its beauty, was in reality actually holding it’s very existence together.

Yes, I know there will be some of you that think I am totally exaggerating; but I see amazing stories and spiritual truths in God’s creation and being able to capture them with the camera is a blessing.

We grow stronger with our trials. With pain. With tears. With anything that makes us feel like we can’t go on.

Jesus is the only One who can hold us together.

Tearing Him from our lives is devastating.

Maybe not now.

But one day.

God bless all who read this.

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Love, Prayer, Trials & Blessings

My Prayer for Each of You

tree in fog at night

You know the darker life gets
The brighter His light in me
His light cannot get brighter
For those who refuse to see

The days they are drawing
Drawing to a fiery end
Winding down in night’s darkness
For this the Father did send

His only begotten Son
To walk amongst creation
To die on mount Calvary
That we might have salvation

Yes it is true, this story
This story of His story
If you don’t believe me, cry
Cry out to God, be set free

’Cause darkness will get darker
Without His light you won’t see
See where to put your next step
Or find hope, have evil flee

Pray your eyes to be opened
And pray your heart to receive
Pray for His sweet forgiveness
For sins, that you may believe

My prayer is for each of you
That healing will soon be yours
Breaking forth through life’s dark night
’Cause only Jesus restores

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Songs, Trials & Blessings

THE PEACE IN YOUR PEACE (A Song of Hope in Unsettled Times)

THE PEACE IN YOUR PEACE

Chorus
Only the peace in Your peace
Can shatter uncertainty
Only the peace in Your peace
Does away with all conflict in me
Only the peace in Your peace
Meanders quietly through the forest of time
Only the peace in Your peace
Allows my reflection to mirror Thine

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
The hours and the days are growing darker

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
Without You here in my life I will falter

Chorus
Only the peace in Your peace
Can shatter uncertainty
Only the peace in Your peace
Does away with all conflict in me
Only the peace in Your peace
Meanders quietly through the forest of time
Only the peace in Your peace
Allows my reflection to mirror Thine

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
I can’t do this by myself any longer

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
Your strength and love and joy will make me stronger

Chorus
Only the peace in Your peace
Can shatter uncertainty
Only the peace in Your peace
Does away with all conflict in me
Only the peace in Your peace
Meanders quietly through the forest of time
Only the peace in Your peace
Allows my reflection to mirror Thine

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
Please flood me with Your peace, Your peace forever

Oh! Jesus, Jesus
May Your sweet fragrance
Carry me
Carry me
May Your sweet fragrance
Carry me
Oh! Carry me gently
Along peace’s river, never by chance

Chorus
Only the peace in Your peace
Can shatter uncertainty
Only the peace in Your peace
Does away with all conflict in me
Only the peace in Your peace
Meanders quietly through the forest of time
Only the peace in Your peace
Allows my reflection to mirror Thine

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Poems

JESUS

JESUS

Jesus
As You hung
Upon that cross
Jesus
None other
Could take Your place
Jesus
Your love washed over
All standing there
Jesus
Each breath
Laced with pain
Jesus
Life blood oozing
Jesus
Heavier, heavier
Limbs aching beyond grief
Jesus
Pallor, thirst, shame
Mocked, cruelty witnessed
Jesus
For us, only us
You came
Jesus
Even the cross
Drank of that love
Jesus
Too much love
Yes, too much love
Jesus
Love poured out
Free for all
Jesus
Last breath
Last breath
Jesus
It is finished
You hear Him say
Jesus
No more
He’s gone
Jesus
Darkness
Surrender
Jesus
Pure light, new day
Life dawns reality
Jesus
Is alive
Died. Rose alive
Jesus

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth