Friday Faith ~ Guest, Paul Lenzi

This week, for Friday Faith, I’m pleased and honored to once again feature Paul Lenzi—poet extraordinaire, and a man of deep and tested faith.  Click the link to comment on his blog.  Thanks, Paul—may God richly bless you ♥Stella, 2017

Leap of Faith

small fluid dynamics

the barely perceptible

nourishing nuances

gently enmeshed in

the ebb and the flow

within delicate tissues

an aqueous breathing

of crystallin lenses

miraculous organs

enlighten the brain

taking into one’s ken

form and function

of all that exists

in the visible world

concrete insights

admitting of knowledge

and yet despite all

that is seen remain

deeper realities ever

invisible mysteries

vital insensible truths

that may only be reached

by one daring enough

to suspend the mechanics

of cognitive vision

shirk safety and

step from the edge

of that rational ledge

direct into the

ungrounded air

of a brave

leap of faith

Shekina Glory ~ A Brief Word-Study

https://stellacarousel.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/waking-lips/

Recently I posted a poem in which I used the term Shekina* glory, not thinking that anyone would ask the meaning of the word.  But since my friend Davy D inquired, I’m happy to share my limited knowledge.

Smith’s Bible Dictionary (16th Printing, May 1981) is a nice little reference book I use frequently.  It says that “Shechinah”* is actually not a word found in the Bible.  It was used by later Jews, and Christians borrowed it to express the visible majesty of the Divine Presence, especially when It rested on the mercy seat in the Tabernacle, and the temple of Solomon…Different accounts in Scripture convey that it’s a most brilliant and glorious light enveloped in a cloud, and usually concealed by the cloud…but on particular occasions the glory appeared…associated with the Nativity…the Incarnation of God, and future coming of Messiah.

In Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary (also in my reference library), on page 267, under the heading Glory, Glorious, it says “brightness or splendor, supernatural, emanating from God” (as in the shekinah* “glory”, in the pillar of cloud and in the Holy of Holies).

*Clearly, there are various spellings, depending on the reference source.  For a more in-depth explanation, both Smith’s and Vine’s provide you with pertinent Bible chapters/verses.

As far as my poem (link at top), I was describing the experience of moving from sleep into waking recognition of God’s glorious, Shekinah Presence—a wonderful way to wake up and begin the day!

Thanks, Davy, for your interest!

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Keepsake Faith

“Believin’ in the things you cannot see~

It’s hard sometimes, but it’s the way for me~

‘Cause things I saw began to fall and slowly fade away~

But the things the Lord has shown to me are in my heart to stay.”

Dallas Holm, from “If All I Ever Knew” (Christian music artist http://www.dallasholm.com/about/)

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KeeKee’s Bible Lesson #1

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28, KJV

“All things” includes even our mistakes, bad choices (words and deeds), impulsive decisions gone sideways, sins, wrong turns; seriously awful things said and done to us; horrible circumstances at home, in relationships, on the job…  You name it—for those who are called by God, and who love Him and are doing the best to follow Him according to His purpose for our lives, there is nothing negative that He can’t work into GOOD, Positive, Blessings for us.

That’s Good News…even if you did hear it from a Koala Christian!

Stella, 2017

Is Your Heart Glad? KeeKee’s Is!

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

Apart from You I have no good thing.”

Lord, You have assigned me my portion and my cup;

You have made my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me

In pleasant places…

I have set the Lord always before me.

Because He is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my

Tongue rejoices;

My body also will rest secure.

You have made known to me the path

of life;

You will fill me with joy in Your presence.

from Psalm 16:1-11, NIV