My All in All

Lord,  be the Alpha and Omega of my moments this day.

Be the beginning and end of my every thought, inclination and desire,

the motus primo primi of  my every action.

I offer you each breath I draw,

every heart beat.

I expose to Your Merciful Heart my every sin,

failure  and fault.

I lay my complaints at your feet and nail my concupiscence to Your Cross.

You, Lord, are my Heart, and my Healing,

You are purest Mercy.

Be my All in All.

by Joann Nelander

I Dream of Heaven

Night and day, I dream of heaven.

O, not the dream that slumber brings,

that mirage that is tortuous,

with struggles and comings and goings,

jumbles and journeys

taking me far, far from home.

No, I speak now of the dream of my heart.

I dream of heaven, the cry of my heart.

With longing and yearning and surety of soul,

I labor in love for a home that I know.

Through all life’s long journey,

my days are replete

with a pilgrim’s desire,

that sheds light ‘to my feet.

Though weary, and broken, I no longer doubt,

That all heaven is waiting to welcome with shout,

one miserable sinner, it can’t do without.

By Joann Nelander