A Day of Joy and Gladness



My poem, today, reflects the refreshment and joy Jesus gave me as I walked with him, observing the beauty and glory of his creation.

I hope there’s a place where you, also, can find beauty, silence your heart, and be strengthened by his grace. It doesn’t have to be a Sunday.


A day of joy and gladness
From labor, I will cease
More time alone with Jesus
Will bring me inner peace
 
A chance to get together
With people of like mind
To talk about our Savior
He is good and he is kind
 
It’s early when I wake
Dawn’s streaming in my window
I feel cool air on my cheek
It soothes my grief and sorrow
 
I stretch my legs and yawn
I can no longer sleep
I push back my covers
And stand upon my feet
 
I put on my coolest clothing
And start out on a walk
It is not a day for running
Already, it’s too hot
 
We are in for a scorcher
Another heat advisory
I delight to see the order
And beauty that surrounds me
 
White clouds are barely moving
Across the soft blue sky
The cool wind still is blowing
Osprey’s sing as I walk by
 
I see them on their ledge
I walk just half-a-mile
Then stop at the bridge
And linger for a while
 
Queen Anne's lacy blossom
Signals a treasury
My heart smiles in delight
As I recall that memory
 
For a mind that likes to race
To be silent seems a waste
Yet I deeply need this grace
I move on without haste.
 
7/19/20
Jane Ault

13 thoughts on “A Day of Joy and Gladness

  1. Your poem reminds of the words “He leads me along the right path, He refreshes my soul.” Your poem is that refreshing. Thank you for sharing. Blessings for you and John.

  2. Dear Jane, what a refreshing poem! You truly took us along with you! I enjoyed the walk, and like others, am especially fond of Queen Anne’s Lace (for you, Queen Victoria?). I have recently been thinking how good it is to remember what we’ve treasured over the years, even if we can no longer participate the way we used to. Your poem encourages such remembering.

    • Oh, my, I think my “Queen Victoria’s Lace” IS Queen Anne’s Lace. Count it up to early in the morning faulty memory! Thanks for noticing in your kind and gentle way. BTW, I inserted the word “poem” in the last line of your comment. Hope that’s okay! 🙂

  3. Jane, Thank-you. This was so full of child like delight and acquired wisdom. Reminds me of the simple pleasures of times gone by and then again, they are available to us each and every morning when we open our eyes and have breath. I felt like I was walking with you in silent joy. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

    • Deborah, In my spirit, I feel a closeness to you. Your child-heart beats in wonder, as mine does, in the beauty of Jesus, our Creator. Thank you for sharing.

  4. A very beautiful poem and a perfect reminder to take a breath and refresh our relationship with God and His creation. Thank you Jane:)

    • You are welcome, Sandy! I appreciate your comment and thanks, also, for sharing this blog on Facebook!
      May this be a refreshing day for you. 🙂

    • You are welcome, Sandy! I appreciate your comment and thanks, also, for sharing this blog on Facebook!
      May this be a refreshing day for you.

  5. What a lovely poem this morning! I am heading out to walk the rail trail in the cool of the day. This is one of my favorite places. Some artists in town have recently etched the words of Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, onto the pavement.
    He leads us beside still waters and restores my soul❤️

    • Thank you, Donna! May God refresh your spirit as you walk in the cool of the day. May you sense the presence of Jesus throughout the day.

  6. Dear Jane,
    What a beautiful way to wake up! Today is
    My 75th birthday & yesterday on my walk I snipped Queen Anne’s Lace flowers for a small bouquet. They are a favorite & here they are all over the place. They press well too, so I
    have made stationery in the past, marveling at
    the intricate design.

    So I “push back the covers, stretch and “
    And look ahead to another Adirondack day.
    Thankyou for all your gifts Jane. And there are many.

    • Dear Judith,
      What a lovely surprise to learn that today is your birthday. I feel blessed that you’ve connected with me. May God bless you this “Adirondack day” with a fresh revelation of his love for you, making your heart skip with joy.

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