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Joy Comes in the Morning

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Linda Celeste Sims in Ailvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater‘s “Cry.” Photograph by Paul Kolnik

Joy comes in the morning for those walking in the power of the Lord…

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘He will lead them to springs of living water.’  ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” Revelation 7:17

Joy Comes in the Morning

(A poem dedicated to my dad, Edward Hyford Myers)

When evening fall it’s hard to see what’s just ahead;

Our vision is clouded as dusk turns into night.

A heaviness forms and hovers over us;

And we feel we can no longer fight.

Death seems like the ultimate end;

For in it seemingly there is no hope.

The heart stops beating, the last breath is drawn;

and those left behind struggle to cope.

But, as the night moves on and the dawn draws near,

A lightness breaks and encircles the earth.

A newness of life fills the hearts of all beings;

and joy comes in the morning full of hope as with the newness of birth.

we needn’t be troubled by yesterday’s fears,

The brightness of day blossoms like a budding flower.

For death has been conquered, everlasting life abounds.

Joy comes in the morning for those walking in the Lord’s power.

Felecia R. Weber 2016, OntheWingofaDove.com

Over these past couple of weeks since my father’s passing, my heart has been filled with many powerful emotions.   During the times, when I remember how he suffered during his illness, I feel a heaviness as though night has filtered through and darkened my mind.  It saddens my heart to know that I can no longer hear his gentle voice; feel his love for me through his wisdom, guidance and advice; or  gaze upon his kind face while feeling so fortunate that my own bears such a close resemblance to his.  But then, when I think of that moment when he quietly passed on from this life, I can’t help but feel a sense of hope.  For I know that for daddy, joy truly did come in the morning, and he will forever more experience the brilliance of a new day dawning.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, our beings transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18

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Edward Hyford Myers, September 10, 1930 – May 20, 2016

I am grateful to the Lord for blessing my life with such a precious father.  Today and as long as I live, I will rejoice and celebrate his life.   Rest in peace daddy, I love you with all my heart…until we meet again.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Life is a Gift – Live It!

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One of the joys of life is beholding its beauty at all stages of life. (A photograph of my sister Andrea Myers and our great-nephew Ryder Cullen.

Life is a gift – live it!

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17

Life is a Gift…Live It!

Life is a gift – live it!

Whatever you’ve been given – give it!

Life is something that we’ve all been given a measure.

Be sure that you share here on earth your own treasure.

Life is a gift – live it!

Whatever you’ve been given – give it!

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past.

Commit to giving what you have left and make it last.

Life is a gift – live it!

Whatever you’ve been given – give it!

Be true within your heart and outwardly where your life is seen.

Always set an example of excellence from which others can glean.

Life is a gift – live it!

Whatever you’ve been given – give it!

And above all else, seek what in life the Lord has for you.

For when He is your focus, there is absolutely nothing that you cannot do!

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Indeed, life is a gift that keeps on giving.  From the time we are born, to the time we take our last breath, living happens in between.  I believe that life is such an awesome gift that we actually have the responsibility to live it to its amazing, full capacity.   Life is a gift…I encourage you to truly LIVE IT!

You have a life, may you live it, and may it be in such a way that you give it…abundantly!

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Your Life Flows Through Me

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Photograph courtesy of Martin Watson

Your life flows through me, that truth I shall never deny…

“He that believes on me, as the scripture said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38

Your Life Flows Through Me

Your life flows through me, indeed this is true,

I cannot imagine what I’d be Lord, without you.

A lifeless frame, without motion, without light;

like having a pair of eyes without the ability of sight.

The world around me would be foreign and cold.

My days wouldn’t matter; I’d just shrivel up and grow old.

Your life flows through me, therefore I am vibrant and strong!

In you I have a purpose, and to accomplish it is for what I long.

Each day that I awake, I seek your guidance on what to do.

In you is my hope, Lord, for true goodness only comes from you.

Your life flows through me, that truth I shall never deny.

May I always serve you willingly, never asking why.

What freedom, what peace, what joy you’ve given to me.

My thanks, my praise, my all, I give to thee.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

When I envision life, like the scripture above, I envision a stream of sparking water flowing through an exquisitely made frame that possesses a multitude of capabilities.  What is even more wondrous to me is who’s life actually flows through me…

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man come unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6

May the life of the Lord flow within you…and may that life also flow into the lives of those around you.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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It Doesn’t Matter

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater‘s Linda Celeste Simms; photograph courtesy of Andrew Eccles

It doesn’t matter whether I’m happy or sad, for feelings come and go…

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,”  Joshua 24:15

It Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter whether I’m happy or sad,

for feelings come and go.

What I hold deep down inside of my heart,

determines what to the world, my actions show.

It doesn’t matter what goes on around me,

there will be good days and there will be bad.

When I think of how God has my life in his hands,

my, how can I be anything but glad?

It doesn’t matter what others say or do,

they have their own lives to live.

My contentment lies in fulfilling God’s purpose for me,

and all of my best to him do I give.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Being content is more than just being happy or full, for our status can turn into being sad or empty in the blink of an eye.  Being content means having a peace and joy no matter how we feel or what is going on around us.  My contentedness is found in the Lord God Almighty…the one whom I serve, the one whom I live for, the one whom, in fact, is my very life!  He supplies all of my needs, he guides all of my days, he directs me in what he has purposed for me to do, he blesses my life.  It doesn’t matter then, what is going on inside of me or surrounding me, for in God, my contentedness is sure.

May you take the time to focus on where your own contentedness lies and may your answer lead you to everlasting peace.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Wanting and Needing

On Wanting and Needing

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June 15, 2015

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.”  Psalm 23:1-3

On wanting and needing – I am sure you’ll agree that there is a difference between the things that we want versus the things that we need.  If you are like me, it seems like the things that I want far outweigh the things that I really need.  It also seems that many of the things that I want certainly are not what I truly need.

I couldn’t help but think of the 23rd Psalm when I began to consider the differences between wanting and needing.  Isn’t it interesting how the first verse indicates that the Lord, our shepherd or caretaker, provides so well for us that we are not in want of anything?  The description of being made to lie down in green pastures and being led beside still waters paints a beautiful picture of how wonderfully our shepherd fulfills all of the things we desire.  What is even more amazing to me, is the outcome of being under his care; he restores our souls…something that we all absolutely need, whether we realize it or not.

How about you?  When it comes to wanting and needing…have your wants led you to what (or who) you truly need?

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Do This In Remembrance of Me

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“Stained Glass Window (Detail),” c. 1902-1915, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Image from a page of the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Do This In Remembrance of Me…Those words of comfort and instruction convey such power to me when I hear them…

“In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.'”  1 Corinthians 11:25

“Do this in remembrance of me.”  Whenever I participate in the rite of Holy Communion, I cannot help but to imagine the intensity of emotions that must have blanketed Jesus and his twelve disciples during their last Passover supper together on that unforgettable evening, so long ago.  The closest that I can come to even touching the surface of that kind of heaviness, is  during the last few months before my late husband, Stephen, passed on to be with our Lord.  Each day leading up to his physical death was filled with a certain bittersweetness that I’d never tasted before.  As with the weight of impending sorrow and loss looming over the disciples on that solemn night, I often felt a dark hollowness that threatened to swallow my hope and joy as I watched my dear one deteriorate before my eyes.  Although for them that night was distressing, and my heart ached continuously during those final weeks, what followed for them and what is still being revealed to me, makes being able to look back and remember those times so remarkable.

Jesus knew what was to follow within the next several hours between the time he broke bread and savored the wine that he shared with his beloved followers and the suffering that he would endure before prevailing in his glorious triumph over death.  He knew the sweetness that would overshadow so perfectly the bitterness that had to come first.  I believe that my husband knew too, that his suffering and discomfort was not in vain.  Jesus, his Lord and Savior had never failed him, and it was evident to me that Stephen’s confidence in knowing that he never would, grew stronger each day.  Remembering how faithful our Lord had been to him in the past, so kindled the flame of hope, that my husband bathed in a serenity that carried him through to that  very moment when he met Jesus face to face.

“Do this in remembrance of me.”  Those words of comfort and instruction, spoken by Jesus to his disciples, convey such power to me when I hear them now.  They seem to echo an overwhelming sense of sacrificial love through to my soul as I eat the bread and drink the wine that is served at communion.  As the disciples commemorated what Jesus did for all mankind in those early days of the Church, I have the beautiful memory of seeing in action, who and what Jesus was to Stephen…and Jesus is still all of that to me.

May you pause and remember the profoundness of what took place on this day so many years ago.  Take the time to remember what our Lord Jesus Christ did in sacrificing his own life for each one of us.  And, if you haven’t already, may you accept him into your heart that you too may receive what he has freely given…the gift of eternal salvation.

God’s peace to you,

Felecia

 

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In God I Trust

In God I Trust

“From the Window of “291,” Looking Down Fifth Avenue,” 1911, John Marin. Image from a page of the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

In God I Trust

In God I trust…He knows my strengths and my weaknesses too, whenever I am in doubt, He shows me exactly what to do.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  Corrie ten Boom

In God I Trust

In God I trust, He is always there,

whenever I am happy, angry, delighted or in despair.

He knows my strengths and my weaknesses too,

whenever I am in doubt, He shows me exactly what to do.

In God I trust, He cares for me so well.

His love surrounds me so, it makes my heart swell.

I can’t imagine life without my God, My Savior, My Lord,

that would be a sacrifice, I simply cannot afford.

In God I trust, my future in your hands you hold,

no matter what happens, only good things have you’ve foretold.

I am here by your providence, move forward I must.

So, I thank you for all you are to me…in you I will continue to trust.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

The world can be a scary place.  There is so much more that we don’t know about it than we actually do.  Sometimes just thinking about what the future holds for me, or rather, not knowing what awaits me there, can stop me in my tracks.  How can I step forward, when I’d much rather turn back around and head the other way?  My answer is “in God I trust.”

May your future be securely grounded in a trust so powerful that all of your unknowns become fully known…trust in Him.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Only God Knows

Only God Knows

“Portrait of a Young Girl,” 1899, Mary Cassatt. Image from a page of the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

 

Only God knows what my future holds for me; where I am going and who it is I shall be…

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”  Hebrews 11:8

Only God Knows

Only God knows what my future holds for me;

where I am going and who it is I shall be.

It is all overwhelming, I shudder at the thought;

when changes arise, with their lessons to be taught.

Only God knows how things will fall into place.

I do wonder though, how well I’ll finish the race.

I shall put forth the effort, I shall do all I can do;

but I can’t do it on my own Lord, so I’ll put all my trust in you.

Felecia R. Weber 2014, OntheWingofaDove.com

Life changes can be very scary; they can threaten to undo us.  But I take comfort in the fact that only God knows the outcome, and when we place ourselves under His care…change is always good.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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