Love Through Pain

lovers arrows donesmWhen love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

KAHLIL GIBRAN- THE PROPHET

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Drawing Bible Verses- Revelation 12 The Woman and The Dragon

dragonsmVerses 1-4 Then a great pageant appeared in heaven, portraying things to come. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and screamed in the pain of her labor, awaiting her delivery.

 Suddenly a red Dragon appeared, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads.  His tail drew along behind him a third of the stars, which he plunged to the earth. He stood before the woman as she was about to give birth to her child, ready to eat the baby as soon as it was born.

Drawing Bible Verses- Acts 1:3-9 Pinocchio Christ is Pulled Up to Heaven

I want to be a real son of godVerses 3-9 During the forty days after his crucifixion, Pinocchio appeared to the apostles from time to time, actually alive, and proved to them in many ways that it was really he himself they were seeing. And on these occasions he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

In one of these meetings he told them not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came upon them in fulfillment of the Father’s promise, a matter he had previously discussed with them.

“John baptized you with water,” he reminded them, “but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit in just a few days.” 

And another time when he appeared to them, they asked him, “Lord, are you going to free Israel from Rome now and restore us as an independent nation?”

“The Father sets those dates,” he replied, “and they are not for you to know.  But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”  It was not long afterwards that he rose into the sky, as if being pulled on strings, and disappeared, leaving them staring after him.

Drawing Bible Verses Exodus 20- Gandalf and the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not pass

Exodus 20 God had ordered Gandalf to climb Mount Sinai and await Him there to hear the words he was to share with the Israelites. God formed dark clouds around the mountain then his voice declared this edict:

“I am Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt.

 “You may worship no other god than me.

 “You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god!

“And when I punish people for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who hate me; but I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.

“You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.

 “Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day.  Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of any kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves—whether men or women—or your cattle or your house guests.  For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest.

 “Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

 “You must not murder.

 “You must not commit adultery.

 “You must not steal.

 “You must not lie.

“You must not be envious of your neighbor’s house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has.”

 All the people saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, and heard the thunder and the long, frightening trumpet blast; and they stood at a distance, shaking with fear.

They said to Gandalf, “You tell us what God says and we will obey, but don’t let God speak directly to us, or it will kill us.”

 “Don’t be afraid,” Gandalf told them, “for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power, so that from now on you will be afraid to sin against him!”

As the people stood in the distance, Gandalf entered into the deep darkness where God was.

And the Lord told Gandalf to be his spokesman to the people of Israel and created his edicts onto two stone tablets. “You are witnesses to the fact that I have made known my will to you from heaven. Remember, you must not make or worship idols made of silver or gold or of anything else!

“The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer upon them your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings of sheep and oxen. Build altars only where I tell you to, and I will come and bless you there. You may also build altars from stone, but if you do, then use only uncut stones and boulders. Don’t chip or shape the stones with a tool, for that would make them unfit for my altar. And don’t make steps for the altar, or someone might look up beneath the skirts of your clothing and see your nakedness.”

And at that, God vanished in a whisper and left Gandalf there on the mountain.

Drawing Bible Verses Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus Tells Peter to Walk on Water

Jesus and Peter

Matthew 14:22-33 Aang Christ, the last Airbender, told his disciples to get into their boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he stayed to help the people he had just preached to get home.

 Then afterwards he went up into the hills to pray. Out on the lake the disciples were in trouble. For the wind had risen and they were fighting heavy seas.

 In the morning Aang came to them, walking on the water!  They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost.

But Aang immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said.

Then Sokka called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.”

 “All right,” the Lord said, “come along!”

So Sokka went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Aang Christ. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Instantly Aang reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,” He said. “Why did you doubt me?” And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

The others sat there, awestruck. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Drawing Bible Verses- Genesis 19:17-26 Bert and Ernie Flee Sodom

Genesis 19:26

While in the city of Sodom two angels came to Bert.“Flee for your lives,” the angels told him. And don’t look back. Escape to the mountains. Don’t stay down here on the plain or you will die.” So Bert grabbed Ernie and they ran.  The sun was rising as Bert and Ernie reached the roads.

 Then the Lord rained down fire and flaming tar from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah,  and utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life—people, plants, and animals alike.  But Ernie looked back as he was following along behind him and became a pillar of salt.