Monday, 1 July 2013

A Daily Walk

The summer of 2012 was the beginning of a very difficult season for me due to severe physical trials. I had gone from being a highly active person, performing in eight shows a week to someone whose movement was extremely restricted and I was in constant pain for months on end. I soon discovered that a battle with your body can quickly turn into a battle with your spirit and also your mind. Some days just getting to the end of the street was like climbing a mountain for me. Going through such a fiery trial I decided to read through the Psalms every day and found them to be wonderfully real and encouraging. Another particular part of the Bible that I found comforting was Lamentations 3:22-26 which reads,

"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  "The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

Thursday, 6 June 2013

The Graveyard

By Lucy Wall

One summer's evening in June 2013 my husband and I paid a visit to his Grandmother and Grandfather's graveside. I had never been to the graveyard before and this poem is inspired by my experience there.

Although these words address the harsh reality of death, my intention is not to bring spirits down with this poem but rather to offer hope and peace for our hearts in the face of the cold truth. My desire is to bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ who faced and defeated death on our behalf and in doing so, bought us all eternal life. When we know Jesus as our Saviour we can know with absolute assurance that death is not the end, it is in fact just the beginning.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

The Palm Tree

It was in May 2013 when I attended the "Manna Conference" at "Church On The Way" in Bradford, England. I heard Cathie Simpson, wife to Pastor David Simpson of Calvary Motherwell, teach a sermon on encouragement.

During her talk she mentioned the Palm Tree and how it bends in the wind and doesn't break like other trees. In contrast, the Palm Tree is flexible, digging it's roots deeper during a storm and after it's been through some turbulence it becomes stronger than it was before.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

To Do What You Do

By Lucy Wall

A song writing friend of mine e-mailed me a few days after the tragedy of the Boston bombings in 2013. The identity of the people responsible was still unknown at this time and my friend asked me if I could write some lyrics for him in reaction to this terrible event.

He also asked if I could write it as if the person or people responsible for the bombings were right there in front of me and to think of the questions I would like to ask them in regards to their actions. I wrote this poem in response to his request.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

The Meaning Of Easter

By Lucy Wall

Lucy Wall from Calvary London on Vimeo.

It was just after Easter 2013 when I felt inspired to write this poem. Over the month leading up to this Christian festival I witnessed various different statements and comments which I felt were a real reflection of how society is trying to omit Jesus more and more from our culture and nation.

The poem is intended to vary between humour and a more serious tone, sometimes with direct explanations related to Easter and other times with mere suggestions that will hopefully raise intrigue for further research!

My prayer is that it can be a reminder for us all to look beyond the fluffy chicks, chocolate eggs and cute bunnies and remember or perhaps discover for the first time what the true meaning of Easter is.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Freedom Of Speech

By Lucy Wall

It seems to me that in life everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone except the Christian that is. I've experienced persecution personally in my own places of work and also witnessed it in general life and different situations.

The enemy's attack on God's people certainly seems to be building in intensity and it's becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in this world. I know Christians have been persecuted all throughout history and countless people have been martyred for their Christian beliefs. The angle I'm coming from in this poem though is the position of a Christian living in Britain in the current times. Our formerly "Christian Nation" is now becoming so adamant and hateful in it's fight against God and even the belief in His very existence. People are now being mocked, pilloried, humiliated and shamed into silence just for standing on basic Biblical truths and wanting to apply these to their lives.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Beautiful Exchange

By Lucy Wall

During a trip to the U.S.A to visit some relatives, my husband's Aunt Carol said she was preparing a women's Bible study and would be teaching on Isaiah 61:1-3. The verses read,

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Carol said she loved how the verses talk about the beautiful exchanges the Lord gives us such as "beauty for ashes," "the oil of joy for mourning" and "the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." She said she would love to have a poem with this theme to accompany her sermon and wondered if I could write one for her. What a challenge!