Reflections from a Quiet Day

These two reflections are ones I shared during a Quiet Day at https://www.laundeabbey.org.uk/ recently.

‘What Do You See?’ I wrote for the day, and ‘It Is Well’ is taken from God’s Calling Cards https://www.emily-owen.com/product/gods-calling-cards-personal-reminders-of-his-presence-with-us-paperback/

What Do You See?

I look in the mirror.

I see useless.

I see rejected.

I see difficult.

I see inadequacy.

I see failure.

I see trying.

I see a burden.

Tears come.

My eyes move to the ground.

It’s safer not to look.

Look with My eyes

His voice is gentle.

Compassionate.

I recoil.

I don’t want Him looking at me.

I hide.

But He’s not put off by my defences.

Look with My eyes

He says again.

‘I don’t know how,’ I whisper,

as I raise my eyes to the mirror.

I see rejected.

I see chosen

Is He looking where I’m looking?

I see difficult.

I see precious

Is He looking at me?

I see useless.

I see loved

I turn to Him,

and follow His gaze

as it leads me to me.

Look with My eyes

I begin to see me.

(Copyright 2022 Emily Owen)

It Is Well

My soul?

Listen to me.

It is well.

I know you’re pulled in all directions

and it’s hard

and you’re tired.

Trust God tday.

And know, my soul;

it is well.

I know you’re overwhelmed

and your diary is exploding

and your head is bursting.

Trust God today.

And know, my soul;

it is well.

I know you’re in pain.

Poorly.

Hurting.

Helpless.

Trust God today.

And know my soul;

it is well.

I know you’re scared.

Future looms bleak

with tomorrows of fear.

Trust God today.

And know, my soul;

it is well.

Every today,

trust God

and know.

Listen to me,

my soul:

It is well.

(Copyright 2019 Emily Owen – God’s Calling Cards)

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