Celebrate 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans! It being Thanksgiving today for my American friends, I felt God’s prompting to take a break from our book and return to His One Word to me for 2021. I longed to openly give thanks to God for this Word’s (continuing) fulfillment. It’s now been almost eleven months into the year my God invited me to celebrate Him.

When He gave me that Word for 2021, He had sent me to Nehemiah 8:12:

So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.

This celebration came in the wake of a wave of repentance, after God’s people had listened to Nehemiah read the Word of God aloud. The Israelites were heartbroken, as they suddenly became aware of all the ways they had broken God’s laws and His heart. But rather than allow them to sink into shame, God commanded them to celebrate. He turned their focus to His steadfast love and mercy, just as He has repeatedly been doing with me too, in each and every conviction of sin.

But Chaim Bentorah’s beautiful Word study on the Hebrew Word “asah” – the very Word that is translated as celebrate in my Nehemiah 18:12 – gave me an even deeper understanding of my One Word. Interestingly Chaim explains: “Asah means works, produce, and creations.  Asah refers not only to physical acts but spiritual acts.  This includes the creations of our imaginations. ” (Source: Word Study Our Gift to Create). This showed me that when we celebrate Jesus with great joy, we are in fact living out our God-given purpose. For, as we celebrate God’s grace to us in all that we think, do, say, create and build, as He continually leads us to openly confess our weakness and sin before others, we are glorifying Him and His labor of love through us.

Interestingly, Chaim speaks of acts that are “alam” in this same study- the Hebrew Word that was in my verse to pray through today. It means both “hidden” and “everlasting”. In my verse to pray through it was translated as “forever”, in that God’s grace to us continues “forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34 CJB).

Chaim shares of how God promises to judge the (hidden) intentions of our heart. As I reflected on that, I was reminded of other verses I had prayed through recently and how God had shown me that this judging of our (hidden) intentions comes through the Holy Spirit in us, as He acts as the umpire between the two spiritual forces at work in us (good: the Spirit of God; evil: our accuser). As we pray about the decisions before us, God lifts up His harmonious leading thought, laying to rest all divisive thoughts that are trying to steal from us, destroy and kill us and others through us.

Now, as I look back on the celebration that God has been reaping in me, I can see that it has come – and still is coming daily – through that very transformation of my thoughts and emotions. For, God has been uncovering and taking away the tangled up, confusing, fear and shame-fed intentions and giving me back His pure, clear and joy-filled purposes that are born in His love for me and for His Body as a whole. He has been making room in my life, heart, body, mind and soul for celebration, through continually inviting me into His cleansing. He is taking the brokenness I see and opening my eyes to the wholeness that is mine in Christ Jesus and His sacrifice at the Cross for us all.

The name and prophetic Scripture (Ezekiel 47:12) He gave me for this blog are just growing in depth and beauty for me. I couldn’t help but sit down and pen a new poem of celebration in response. May it bless your heart as well, and may the Holy Spirit bring to remembrance all the ways Jesus has been leading you too into a celebration of His grace for you and others:

Celebrate!

Celebrate
Jesus
Our Shalom
Aleh.

Our wholeness
In the shedding
Of leaves
For the healing
Of nations.

In the shedding
Of death
For life
Awaking.

Our thanksgiving
And praise
Making room

For the hidden
Beauty of Christ's
Revealing
In each leaf
Falling.

In each confession
Of weakness and sin
Celebrating

Jesus

And His love
For us all.

Part 7: Chapter 3 – Day 7: Love’s Open Door

Welcome to Day 7 of Part 7′Chapter 3 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the final free will offering of Holy Hands.

Love's Open Door


When our hearts 

Condemn us

Our confidence 

Rests not in self

But the Rock.


In our God

Hiding us all 

In Himself 

In the cleft

Of the Rock.


For yes, You, 

Our mighty deliverer

Lifting our heads

You alone know

All things.


Not one part 

Is perfect apart

From Your love  

For the

Whole.


In each and every

Valley of accusation

In each and every

Prideful tongue 

Waged against


Your rod and your staff

Arise to defend 

Your workmanship 

Your sovereign

Completion.


Grace in us 

Growing

You rest our feet

Upon the

Rock everlasting.


You still

Our hearts

With

But One Word:

Jesus.


Ever returning us

To rest in the light

Your righteousness

Shining

Ever brighter


Till the full 

Light of day

For You are ever

Revealing the work

Of Your holy hands.


Yes, there is

A season

For everything 

Under the sun

Not one part


Of Your proving

Not one part is void 

Of Your life 

In holy breath 

Holy hands lifting.


For You

Our King of Kings

You have already 

Made all things 

Beautiful.


Not in our time

But Yours shall we rise

To see in full

What on earth we see 

But in part.


Lest any man should 

Boast

Even the ashes

Are proof 

Of holiness blazing.


Death is but

The birthing ground

Of resurrection 

Of new beauty 

And life everlasting.


A faith being born again 

In the trust of the Son  

In the holy hands

Ever shaping and

Moulding us One.


In the God 

Who roots us

Ever deeper

In truth  

Kissing grace.


The light yoke 

Of His labor

Lifting ever higher

The Cross  

Not our hands

 
Or labor

But Christ's

His completed work  

In us arising

To shine.


His grace

Knows no bounds

He's ever stretching

The tent pegs

Wider.


Overshadowing 

Each treasured part

In mercy covering 

His children in tender 

Compassion calling

 

Into His joining  

In suffering 

To know

His Body 

Made whole.


Each vital part

All shall 

Yet see

His glory

And fame.

 

In sons and daughters 

On His hip returning

No! Not one star

Is missing 

Or gone.


Look up and see 

Our God is greater

Behold the Father of Lights

Each star

In love's open door


Christ's revealing.



Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Part 7: Chapter 3 – Day 6: LORD of Lords

Welcome to Day 6 of Part 7′Chapter 3 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the sixth free will offering of Holy Hands.

LORD of Lords

I shall not be afraid
My feet are steadfast
Strong and
Immovable
Is my God.

Perfect is the Word
Living and active
Not one Word
Of His falls
To the ground.

All He speaks
Breathes life
Everlasting
True and pure
Are His Ways.

His hands
Hold the mountains
Seas and valleys
All are His
For His Bride's fashioning.

All His creation
The work of His hands
Holy and set apart
Sacred and costly
His blood shed for all.

Shalom - each member
Joined to a whole
In One heart arising
Each branch in the Vine
Hidden treasure revealing.

The Son of God
Life in death soaring
A worship in Spirit and truth
Here, I AM bequeathing
A harvest so bountiful is He!

Forth our Abba stretches
His wings, His Voice
Overshadowing in mercy
Ever more children coming
Into their destiny.

See the knees bending
A family the world over
Hand in hand now abiding
In Adonai she's awaking
A Bride from her slumber.

Lifted, her hands
To her Lover and King
In the latter rains awash
In her Fountain she's singing:
Mayim mayim mayim.

Water to wine
The Groom's saved
The best for last
The new wine's flowing
Grace upon grace sowing.

See her arising
In her Adonai's face
A new song
To the famished Sons bringing
A Bride He's made ready.

Her hands the work
Of nail-pierced hands revealing
Awesome in power
And mighty to save
Is the King of Kings

And LORD of Lords!