Monthly Archives: April 2013

Virgin Forest





Her heart is as a virgin forest.

It grows thick with lifetime misconceptions.

Little light has ever penetrated that darkness.

I want an instant harvest, but it’s going to take




to clear the land and ready it for planting.

Today, I do not ask for


seed planting or


I ask that You would cut a swath through

one stand of long believed lies and

iIlluminate one patch of darkness in Her thinking.

Martha VanCise©2013


Departure Day


  I wonder…

What was Your departure like?

Did You take Your time leaving heaven?

Did You give Michael and Gabriel see-you-later embraces?

Did angels peer over jasper walls and sing a “’Til We Meet Again,” type song?

Did You step quickly through luminescent gates into the dark channel of human flesh?


did You stretch out Your departure  by

sauntering through the galaxies,

knowing that this cosmic view

would be confined to only memory

during the next three decades?

When You left, did You glance back?

Did you consider that heaven would not be the same

when You returned?

I wonder…

When You let go of God-equality

And reached for a grip on human likeness

did you exult in the moment, knowing that  finally,

the Eternally-anticipated Plan had been set in motion?

Martha VanCise©2013

Looking for a Friend

Rilo and a friend3

You created us for fellowship with You,

            but You have never pushed Your friendship on us.

You tried to be a friend to the Adams family in the Garden of Eden,

            but they didn’t trust your friendship motives.

Abraham, though, trusted You and he is known as a Friend of God.

Moses conversed with You as a friend, and told the Israelites

“You can have only one Best Friend.”

But few desired to make You their Best Friend Forever.

You spent thirty-three years looking for true friends in

Jerusalem, Galilee, and along the Jordan River.

Oh, yes! Thousands clamored to be your friend,

Until Your name plummeted in popularity polls.

Millennium after millennium You have tried to be our Friend.

You still come.

You still search.

You still look for friends.

And we, Your most-loved creation still

            Hesitate to make you our Best Friend Forever.


Martha VanCise©2013

Photo by: Sarah Nachman