Monday, July 27, 2015

Spiritual Inspiration

Without entering into a lengthy and probably controversial discussion of spirituality or beliefs, I want to discuss how I have been inspired and share some of my writing with you.  

My spirituality or feelings of connection with my God come at times when I am contemplative, under stress, relaxed or are unexpected.  During some of these times I find myself talking to him and even creating something in my mind.  Do you know those times when words just start to form and you have to write them down, those times when you are talking out loud to yourself?  Those are the times when I know I am being inspired to write.  So, I write.

Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly what was going on in my life when I wrote this, but I called it 'A Psalm' for a reason.  When I was first discovering my faith as a Christian, I read the Psalms A LOT!  I connected to them because they are poems, song lyrics, direct messages to God.  I wanted to have (and still want to have) a directed link to God.  David wrote many of the psalms as his expressions of great emotions toward God.  Sometimes he was angry, sometimes he doubted, sometimes he expressed deep faith and love.  The overall feeling of this psalm is a desire for connection, not wanting to be left behind or forgotten.  I can see a strong desire for hope and belonging.  Also, I believe that I needed spiritual strengthening.

A Psalm
By Kimberly L McClune, January 18, 2013

Diffused light from the bright morning star
Emanates through a maze of frosted branches.
Fingers of illumination pattern the blue tinted ground.
A glowing countenance gracefully peers from beyond
Bearing a measure of hope to my longing my soul.

Oh, light that brings peace and love
Renew my spirit, fill the depths of my soul!
Shine your light in and through me.
Reveal your truth to my hardened heart.
Shower me with fulfillment and joy!

Do not deny a weakened spirit.
Open a portal to the inner sanctuary
Hardened by disappointment and fear.
Pour out your soothing balm to cleanse
And heal the wounds left by an ordinary life.

Oh, mighty and righteous giver of peace,
Wondrous lover of needy and aching hearts,
Let your love reign in my gasping soul,
Lift up my wounded spirit,
Wash me clean of all wrongdoing.

Heavy heart, wounded and sore
Hold fast to that one remaining thread of hope.
Don’t loose your grip, but cling to it
As if nothing in the world can move you.
For this is the path to enlightenment.

Hope does not fail, love does not leave
Peace is never far away.
All around are signs of faith and healing.
Open the heart, the mind and the spirit

And all shall enter in, together at last.

Whether you are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or have any other faith, we can all relate to similar spiritual needs.  We want the belonging and the comfort of a faith in something greater than ourselves.  I encourage you to embrace your spirituality as it relates to writing and see what you come up with when you bring the two together.  Writing as an expression of yourself, for some, is the only way to write.  For others, writing can be a way to escape yourself.  

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