To sense beauty of perception in your hand

And to hold it respectfully to  your heart,

Even in the fleeting glance at a stranger, a worker

Look at someone who happens to be near,

A soul that shows longing,

A spirit seen yearning.

So easily the eyes and face portray,

Display tender symptoms of human need;

Compassion perceives and eyes of the spirit see more deeply,

Below the body surface

Beyond the attractive youthfulness,

Surface appearance as daily existence lived out

Expectations, maybe even demands of another lived out, in obedient control,

But the submissive heart still yearns!

An Asian so far away from her home

In a difficult foreign land,

True needs probably suppressed,

Long work hours day after day

Freedom in life kept narrow.

Who can deliver from such a snare,

Who can satisfy the deepest heart needs?

Imagination seen to fly away to a distant mountain or river valley,

Thoughts of the spirit in a long stare, eyes fixed somewhere else,

To take refuge in a very tall tree as a Redwood

Branches that reach out far as a Douglas Fir,

Shelter the soul can celebrate under a special fruit tree.

Even as an old familiar song that rises up from within,

Or one remembered in a Mother’s kitchen,

Or a Father’s workshop. 


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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