Review of 2020

As we entered the year, few were aware of the cloud over China
 The size of a mans fist
 That would grow to encompass the planet
 Dripping disease, spreading fear and anxiety
 Locking down the frenetic world
 Till all was still
 
 We hunkered in homes
 Disconnected with all that went before
 Isolated 
 from each other
 Counting the death toll.
 
 The pundits quick to criticise
 All that was done
 But having no answers of their own.
 
 Much that had meaning was shed
 as shops shut, workplaces closed
 We stopped our rounds of visits.
 
 It was time to stop.
 
 ***
 
 How swiftly life reduced
 To four walls. 

 And I was challenged
 By my inner sparseness 

 Stripped of activity
 Faced only with news
 Of disease and death,
 It was time to clean the clogged fountain
 And let the spring rise up anew.
 
 This small cave grew and expanded
 Simple beauty pervades my heart
 Inspired by creation 
 Through which I stroll

 The light of God my source
 In this darkness. 
 
 These burdens too heavy
 I pass them to my King
 Who bears all things
 And gives me life
 
 How sweet His name. 
 
 And now I furnish His house
 My heart
 With good things
 With beauty

 Forests of peace
 Lakes of kindness
 Mountains of faithfulness
 Waterfalls of joy
 Good fruits
 Pathways of self control
 The scent of patience on the calm sea
 I walk across the gardens of gentleness
 And relish the landscape of love
 
 How can my life be called constrained 
 When this richness is in You Lord
 Within me.
 
 Your song drowns out 
 the clamouring circumstances 
 Glory outweighs suffering
 This outward world so quickly shrank
 But the inner world expands
 For all time
 Until one day, we will see you clearly
 Walking over the waves towards us
 To greet us in a holy embrace.