Melancholy and my Elliptical Path

Staggering elation surging through my heart overwhelms.
Can this joy be sustained?
I am touched with a happiness; a warmness from other hearts felt from many directions.
Felt from far away and also close by.
Yes! How another’s love can affect me so much.
I may give seemingly without effort; but, receiving warms me as heartfelt love permeates my soul.

Another day shows its teeth – grinning incredulously.
Lying in wait.
Rescuing, a softness comes to my swelling heart.
Elation does not fail, the melody of love swirls in my head.
But there is a melancholy covering. Is this contentment? Has joy taken flight?
A bit of sadness.
But in the Lord, joy remains. Dreaming.

It is an odd feeling seeing the world on its elliptical path.
Close, then far. It is not bad, it is gravity.

So of this gravity…
I search God’s face, His eyes a mere Ångstrom from mine.
He speaks in response to my prayer language which I have poured out to Him in trust of Him hearing.
He does.
The Spirit is helping. It is His purpose. A promise fulfilled.
The Earth comes close and then speeds far off only to return close again to the Sun.

This is me.
The gravity is in God’s very own heart.
Such an attraction. One body in motion; One a steadfast foundation.
My heart follows its elliptical path.

In a veil of melancholy, it is not bad.
It is quiet, quite serene actually.
I dream of friends, love, God, and Jesus.
‘Dream’ is a facetious description because it is not an internal image.
It is reality and I like it. I love it.

Hold me close, O Lord.
Let me gravitate around You never to stray.
You hold me on a tether of love.
A life-line, from Heart-to-heart.
And when I am melancholy, You speak so clear.
“Remove all thought”, You say. I hear You now. I see You so clearly.
“Listen to me”, again, You speak. Again my response is directed personally to You

You are my gravity, O Lord. Hold me tight lest I float off to emptiness.

© 2013 Rick Stassi

Like a Tree

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3 (KJV)

Artist: Sean Seal

Artist: Sean Seal

What is like a tree
So strongly set?
With rooting system’s
Foundation met.

And of this tree
It also be known
that we are as blessed
In a life ne’er alone

For with foundation
Rooted so deep,
Fed with sweet water
Grace and mercy steep.

So from this water
Our veins feed all
Our soul and heart –
Spirit growing tall

Now heavenly nurturing
from Water abound
We are like this tree rooted in Christ
Bearing fruit born from souls so sound

And our leaves are lithe
green-ness unfold
It is life in Jesus
His grace, His Love, History told.

© 2013 Rick Stassi

i will try, Lord

“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”
Psalm 26:2 (KJV)

look at me Lord
do I return glance?
i will try
so to prosper, advance

in times heavy with fear
do i seek Your face?
i will try
to keep Your pace

prove me Lord
do i feel Your fire?
i will try
refining heart’s desire

pull my reins Lord
do i resist?
i will try
unclench my fist

pour o’er me Your love Lord
do i receive?
i will try
all doubt to leave

willingness in joyful tone
i walk steadfast
to You alone
thoroughly
to meet You here
i will try Lord
I will try O so sincere.

© 2013 Rick Stassi