Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Higher Calling

By Lucy Wall

It would seem that the year 2016 was a very interesting one for politics and global unrest. As a result I began to see many heated debates and extremely ugly arguments appearing on social media, sometimes even amongst Christians. It was this that inspired me to write my poem.

My prayer is that the poem can encourage us all to pray for our leaders just like the Bible exhorts us to do in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 where it says,

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

I also hope it can encourage us to keep our eyes on Jesus regardless of what our own political persuasions might be. As Psalm 133:1 says,

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Heaven's Splendour

By Lucy Wall

Lucy Wall from Calvary London on Vimeo.

One day I was thinking about some of the descriptions the Bible gives us of what wondrous things await the Christian in Heaven. I was trying to picture how incredible it will be and began to wonder if anything in particular can possibly stand out as the most splendid thing in amidst so much beauty. It was this simple thought that inspired me to start writing "Heaven's Splendour."

My hope for this poem is that it can be a comfort and encouragement to us, especially in the midst of this time full of global unrest, violence and strife. My prayer is that it can just be a wonderful reminder for us as Christians to keep our eyes looking upward, to focus on the eternal picture and know that there are unimaginable wonders awaiting us in Heaven.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Incorruptible Beauty

This poem was inspired by 1 Peter 3:3-5 which reads:
"Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."

These verses have always stood out to me and have raised several questions in my heart over the years. I think it's an easily agreeable concept when Peter talks about placing more value on the inner character of a woman than what she looks like on the outside but I think the challenge for me comes when he talks about women having a "gentle and quiet spirit."
What's interesting is I've discovered over time that I'm not alone in my quandaries and it would seem that some other women find these verses quite hard to relate to as well. At times I've heard ladies comment on this section, frequently with an air of confusion and sometimes slight unease. I remember once hearing a lady say:

"We're encouraged to have a "gentle and quiet spirit" but what does that even mean?"