Our greeting card winner for last month, Johannah from Clifton, Virginia, wrote some meaningful comments when I asked her to tell me a bit about herself. She has given me permission to share them with you:
Its important to know that the Lord speaks to His own
in still small voices,
His path the one of least resistance,
altho dear friend it might also be
quite a distance.
"Now where did that come from!! Felt it, typed it. Hope it means something to you."
"Ok then...my theory has always been that you need to do what the Lord tells ya, when He tells ya....and as long as it isn't obviously a violation of HIS character to do so."
"Boy have I done some silly things in my life.... like just gone to a store and bought gift certificates and mailed them off, and baked for someone for no good reason....I think I have been quite a surprise to some people....but you know you can tell His voice if you listen....and oh what a blessing you can be to others...."
I really like what Johannah has to say. Our following the slightest impulse from God, in obedience
to Him, can bring such joy to the one who obeys, and to the one who receives. Sensing her heart
for God, I felt here is a friend!
Imagine my surprise when my phone rang this morning, and a pleasant voice said, "This is
Joanna." She was calling to ask permission to use a poem of mine in a brochure. She had used
it before when speaking about abuse. The poem is one which was written specifically for the book,
No Place to Cry by Doris VanStone and Erwin W. Lutzer, published by Moody Press in 1990.
Joanna said that she had cried when she first read the last verse of the poem. I will post it for the
poem for this month. It begins, "At night, unkissed, a-bed." Maybe the last verse can bring comfort
to someone visiting this web site.
3-27-03 Note: It was only when I received a copy of an attractive brochure, "Healing Hearts," that I realized that two people, a Joanna, and a Johannah, both have been communicating with me. Joanna is from Mifflinburg, PA. See Joanna's brochure "Healing Hearts".
Let us listen for God's voice and serve Him with gladness.
AT NIGHT, UNKISSED, A-BED
The weeping child
She's wrung dry
In the morning,
she gathers the
tattered edges of
about her nakedness,
And tiptoes out
Into another loveless day.
Oh, tell her about
"I will never leave you
"I have loved you
- Nancy Spiegelberg
© 1989 Nancy Spiegelberg
...he has said, " I will never leave you or forsake you."
So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my
helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" Hebrews 13:5b, 6 (NRSV)