Sunday, December 26, 2010

A White Christmas 
Clouds full of moisture
were approaching,
temperatures dropping,..
With the right mixture
magic can happen...
So heaven winks
then releases whiteness,
falling, swirling, 
dancing, twirling
causing faces of children
young and old
to gaze heavenward, 
watching earth blanketed
in pure whiteness
bringing quietness
to this night...
so we breathe
in the beauty
of this white Christmas. 

Written on Christmas evening in Georgia.
© Copyright 2010 Marie Nease 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

heaven came to Earth

Jesus, on this quiet eve 
when we celebrate Your birth
I muse on the reasons 
heaven came to Earth.
As your Father painted the first strokes
On the canvas of you, 
the stars were a special messenger
to announce your arrival in this world.
God, your seed in a pure maiden,
brought forth a child, to be my King.
Jesus, you are music of heaven
sung through your voice, so I hear & sing.
Jesus, you are God spelled out
In a language I can understand.
Jesus, you are the face of God
close up, so I can see with new eyes.
So on this quiet eve, when I celebrate your birth
 I behold You, lamb of God 
Who takes away my sin
And the sin of all the world.

© Copyright 2006 ~ Marie Nease 

Inspired by Quiet Talks About Jesus by S.D. Gordon 
But chiefly in Jesus God came. Jesus is God going out in the cold black night, over the mountains, down the ravines and gullies, eagerly hunting for His lost man, getting hands, and face, and more, torn on the brambly thorn bushes, and losing His life, in the darkness, on a tree thrust in His path, but saving the man.” ~S.D. Gordon

Thursday, November 25, 2010

thankful for things that are simple, yet profound

Touch that comforts, heals & expresses love
Hope that’s always there as an anchor when heart is sinking
Answers from God when we question & need direction
Needs that are met through God’s divine and endless supply 
Kisses from Jesus that bring smiles in the midst of challenges
Sounds of birds, laughter, kisses, wind chimes, cellos, geese 
Gift of family, friends & closeness shared
Inspiration of God’s creation - sunrises, sunsets, mountain views, starry nights & a full moon’s glow
Victories gained, lessons learned through struggles & battles
Inklings and insights that bring clarity to foggy moments 
Nearness of God - hiding under the shadow of his wings
God’s grace, goodness and glory He gives us
© copyright 2010 marie nease 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

true reality is played 
in rhythm by God 
as He dances with me 
through the blues until 
the blueness gives way 
to hope. 
Marie Nease

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pasture Therapy

Lying on soft blanket, 
in the middle of a green pasture
on top of a hill where
gentle breezes play with my hair
gazing right up 
into the brightness of light
and clouds floating by...
Unexpected, yet welcoming
warm November sun 
takes my mind vacationing
on a Sunday afternoon,
and I’m beginning to sense I’m 
escaping the stress 
of this world
and seeing God’s 
glory unfurled
in nature’s display 
and within my soul
I am restored
as I lie in 
green pastures,
© Copyright 2010 Marie Nease

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Sweet Fragrance .... Shared

One Sunday afternoon, after taking turns reading Proverbs 27 out loud, a friend and I took 20 minutes or so to quietly meditate on the verses and write about one thing that stood out to us. Strangely enough, we both wrote about the same verse. “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9 was our choice. Well, if we recognize what God is doing in our friendship, maybe it’s not so strange at all.

Like sweet fragrance,
a scent of joy
poured out
and fragrant burning
are your wisdom words,
a shared pleasantness
springing up 
like fresh flowing waters...
earnest, honest,
poured out from 
the pitcher 
of you,
fully received
in the depths
of me
and returned
because wisdom
cries out to 
freely flow
like joy
springing up!

© Copyright 2010 Marie Nease 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Gift of Mourning

A dear friend read to me from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8.  For me, verse 4 stood out from all the others, and as it turned out, it was a gift. And, so I write...

My dear friend, 
you placed in my hand
a gift...
a gift of mourning.
My usually carefree heart
would much rather dance,
yet the gift given
is tears
running down cheeks
like rivers 
without ceasing...
wet rivulets 
whose source
is a mother's heart
heavy with weight of son
pushing his way
through yet another day
of finding his purpose
in a world with pain
a world hard to explain.
Tears can’t fix 
this weighty burden
yet they bring release
to damned up emotions
and deliver a sense of peace.
In embracing this 
gift of mourning
I’ll allow tears to fall,
knowing Father’s compassion’s
will not fail,
His mercy is fresh,
every morning...

© Copyright 2010 Marie Nease 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Soul is stirring
a leaf falling
in autumn breeze…
Heaven’s eye sees, 
pauses & smiles
 then breathes...
and I inhale
air inspired
holy desire,
stirring up
a holy fire
© copyright 2010 marie nease

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Muted to Vivid

You paint muted joy

across my skies.

Pastel colors awash

in nature’s glory,

birthed by God’s


and as I gaze

beyond the horizon,

Free birds fly

With such panache

and a subtle flair...

Heart soars

with wings


of days ahead

when feet won’t

touch this earth

and vivid colors

cause heaven's

cheeks to blush

with joy,

fully expressed,

which will find us

laughing out loud…

©Copyright 2010 Marie Nease