Spring In The Heart: A Tanka

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My Aunt Jan lost my Uncle Herbie almost exactly two weeks before I lost my wife, Dianne.  We have corresponded several times over social media since, and we share our common experience of loss and remembrance.  Yesterday she asked how I was doing, to which I replied that I was beginning to build some new routine in my life.  She returned with the comment that she too was finding new routines.  She then noted that it is springtime in Australia, and it is getting warm.  I noted that that was poetic – new routines and spring coinciding.  We then talked of gardens in this context.

New sunshine creeping 
A fresh beginning – face warm
Blossoms reemerge
My heart gladdens in brightness
Life springing from sun drenched earth



Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 147, #Poet’sChoice


Made New

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New Beginnings

In Genesis we find the account of creation. God’s Word speaks all into existence and concludes with the statement, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day (verse 31).”

This “very good” world, was termed as paradise, and God had intimate contact  with it, and even, “walked in the garden in the cool of the day (Gen 3: 8).”  But the relationship was short lived, as sin entered into the world. Milton called this “Paradise Lost,” but the alienation of the creation from the Creator, had a remedy.

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”  He made a way to not only rebuild relationship, but to bridge the gap and to heal the creation itself.  Second Corinthians 5 reads, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we [Paul for certain, in his rejection of the resurrection] once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come [The Word of creation, has become flesh, and renewed our relationship]. The old [fallen self] has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation (verses 16-19).” [Italics are mine].

Brother AJ recently reflected, “The moment we place our trust in Jesus, we become brand-new people. That is the basis for our capacity to think correctly (that is, to think more like Christ) and therefore make wise decisions in life. This doesn’t mean we will always think right thoughts, but we now have the responsibility—and power through the Holy Spirit—to steer our mind in a heavenly direction.”  What a wonderful take on our role in the reconciliation.  We are no the arbiters of the new beginning, but the beneficiaries who should now make the most of our fresh starts.

Scripture not only tells us we are made new, but assures us that a day is coming when all creation will undergo a transformation. Revelation 21 reads, “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea,  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away {verses 1-4).” Let each of us newly restored creatures look forward to that day, and until it comes to be like Paul, “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us . . .  implor[ing others] on Christ’s behalf: [to]be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20).”