Someone Listens [Republished]

A Poem by Lisa Enqvist

Moving
Parting
Something new
Waits beyond the mountains
I refuse to hear
I refuse to see
Another world
Cannot replace
All that I am
losing
Someone listens, nods and smiles
Understands my pain
Torn up roots and broken branches
heal
and grow again

This poem was written by Lisa Enqvist in 1962, describing the power of Christ’s listening ear in her aunt Göta Wallenius (born 13.3.1913 and died 12.2.2003). Lisa said her aunt helped her survive, just by listening.

Göta Wallenius

I so longed to reshare my dear friend Lisa’s poem today, as it fit so beautifully with what God had shown me through my daughter yesterday. It felt like God’s listening ear to my freshly pruned life also, as it did to Bettie, when I shared it with her:

Our youngest looked out our window and said: “Mum, isn’t our tree so pretty with the leaves. Why does Papa even cut it right back. It’s so ugly like that.” I told her it was to keep it healthy and help it to grow. 

She then asked: “but why aren’t the trees on the other side of the street cut back like ours?” I told her: “that’s a good question. I guess different trees need different things.” Then, I asked my husband about it and he said: “Our tree is a grafted tree – the branches were grafted in and so it needs to be cut right back to the base every two years.” 

“right back to the base” wow! We are grafted into the tree of Jesus – and so we need to be cut right back to that base (Jesus) too – crazy thinking about that needing to happen every two years. Not just a slight cutting back but right back to the base. This is SO encouraging to me here in this place – I pray it blesses you too, together with Lisa’s poem and the song Bettie shared with me that God gave her in a night full of pain, to comfort her.

Father, thank You that You always hear our hearts. Thank You for sending Göta Wallenius to sit next to Lisa and listen to her aching heart. Thank You for binding up and healing Lisa’s broken branches and for replanting her torn up roots into Your heart and affections for her. Thank You for letting her poem fall on my own freshly pruned branches and dangling roots. Thank You for reminding me of how you once sent a Finnish woman my way also to clasp my hands, invite me to share my story and weep with me.

I invite You now to multiply Your living witness and testimony through Göta and Lisa. Let their testimony become Your listening ear to many other hurting hearts and souls. Replant each of our dangling roots into the good soil of Your heart and loving affections for us. Show us how each uprooting and pruning is growing our delight in You and uncovering Your true heart and affections in us. Grow bountiful leaves of healing and abiding fruit from the branches you have cut back. In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen.

Author Bio

As a teenager, Lisa Enqvist decided she would never be a missionary, never return to her father’s Gospel ship “Ebeneser,” never marry a missionary, never have kids who might feel as rootless as she was. And, she prayed, “Please, God, don’t ever send me to India.” But God knew Lisa better than she knew herself and gave her what her heart truly desired: all the things she asked Him not to give her, healing her heart more and more through the process.

Lisa is a co-founder of a Children’s Home in Thailand. She grew up in China and Sri Lanka as a missionary kid. She now lives with her husband in a small town on the West Coast of Finland. She and her husband adopted four Amerasian children in Thailand. They have given Lisa and her husband Håkan eleven grandkids. 

Today, Lisa writes personal and family stories based on saved letters, documents, and personal memories. Since receiving her mother’s old letters in 1983, she has written four memoir books in Swedish and one in English: MISSIONARY MOTHER – Around the World with Five Kids. Rheumatoid Arthritis has challenged her since writing her first book. 

Lisa is a registered pediatric nurse. Her earlier writing experience consisted of newsletters to sponsors of children at the Bethany Children’s Home and regular letters to family and friends scattered around the world. She has saved numerous family letters.

She attended several Swedish writer’s seminars in Finland. After reverting to English in 2011, she completed a course in writing for children and youth at the Institute for Children’s Literature and a Memoir Writing Course at Creative Writing Now. She also wrote articles for FaithWriters Challenge. 

She is a member of Everything Memoir Private Group and West Coast Christian Writers. She has attended two Online conferences with the WCCW.

Her book MISSIONARY MOTHER – Around the World with Five Kids, is available from: 

and other online bookstores.

Lisa blogs at: https://lisaenqvistroots.com/

Sacred Noticing – A Book Review

A few months ago, my dear blogging friend Joy Lenton invited me and a few other friends to become a beta reader for her new book Sacred Noticing: Seasonal Glimpses of the Infinite. It felt like such a gift from God, as if He was inviting me into more of His waking up, which has been His call to me for 2022. And sure enough, as I began to read, God stirred my soul, uncovering and covering my heart with His sweet gifts of mercy.

Here follows my review of Joy’s beautiful book:

With each turning page and shifting season in Sacred Noticing: Seasonal Glimpses of the Infinite, Joy Lenton beckons us to be attentive to the touch of the Holy Spirit, no matter where we find ourselves. Drawing on nature’s praise of its Maker, she calls us to open our ears, eyes, mouth and heart to the Living Word of God.

As I soaked in Joy’s blessings and her poetry, I felt myself inhaling and exhaling the breath of God. The Holy Spirit slowed my heart to breathe easily again. Together with Joy, I could feel:

“the warming touch, the fall
of God’s footsteps in [my] heart”.

Christ’s gentle presence met me in an unexpected, personal and intimate way. Through the senses of touch, taste, hearing and sight woven into the fabric of the poems, God stirred precious memories from my own childhood and adult years in nature. As I now begin my own journey with a chronic heart condition, Joy’s words and testimony to the wide open spaces of God’s grace for us all, as we slow to listen for His call, are a balm to my soul.

As the missionary to Algeria, Lilias Trotter, put it so long ago: “If we can listen in the stillness, till our souls begin to vibrate to the thing He is thinking and feeling about the matter in question, whether it concerns ourselves or others, we can from that moment begin praying downwards from His throne, instead of praying upwards toward Him.” (21 March 1926, as quoted in Miriam Huffman Rockness’ A Passion for the Impossible, p.305). Joy’s beautiful book encourages us down that path of stillness, to wake up to Christ’s deep desire to pray and live through us, by the power of His Spirit, moment-by-moment.

On this Easter Monday, may the slowing of my husband and I to soak in the beauty of these tulip fields bless your hearts also. May God send the wind of His Holy Spirit to release the fragrance of His new life into your midst also, filling your hearts with fresh joy and strength.

# Please note I received an advance copy as a beta reader. This in no way influenced my review, which reflects my honest opinion and personal experience of the book.

Joy Lenton is a former nurse from Norfolk, UK. She’s a contemplative Christian writer, poet and blogger who loves books, dark chocolate, good coffee and great conversation. As an M.E and multiple chronic illness sufferer with a painful past, her mission is to encourage others to embrace hope in the hard on her joylenton.com and poetryjoy.com blogs.