One Shot Poetry Wednesday – Week 41


One Shot Wednesday – Time again to read and write.  Let the fun begin!

Here’s my one shot:

The Banquet

You who eat to gladden your gut,
You who indulge to comfort the flesh,
Come to a true banquet!

Rejoice your spirit,
Give joy to your soul.
Fatten your prayer on faith.

Let words ravish the Heart of God.
Even words unspoken, but burning in your heart,
Call angels to your side.

Quiet the world, by stepping apart,
Still your flesh in earnest fast,
Widen the breath of your praise.

The majesty of God inclines to your lips,
For it is He, Who has promised.
Whisper and He smiles.

Copyright Joann Nelander © 2011   All rights reserved.

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14 thoughts on “One Shot Poetry Wednesday – Week 41

  1. God is all. And there for the grace of he go we. Still don’t know how He can love us so much, but all I can do is say thanks to him and for this wonderful world we are in.

    Lovely reminders in your words, thank you.

    Wonderful to meet you via One Shot!

    • Happy to meet you, Jannie, here or anywhere. Your words are so true. We really can’t grasp the wonder or the dignity given us by God becoming Man.

  2. Hi Joanna, This is my first time at One Stop Wednesday – glad to have found you. I am a member of She Writes and very busy on that website. I am also a Christian and find my faith inspires me to write on numerous levels. The Banquet is a poem that speaks about the truth of being spiritually full as opposed to physical fullness. I particularly like the phrases: ‘Fatten your prayer on faith,’ and ‘Widen the breath of your praise.’ Well done!

    • Thank you, Elizabeth, for your comment and affirmation. Always helps.

      I’m glad you found One Shot Poetry and the Wednesday opportunity to share. This is an amazing bunch of poets. I’m awed at the talent out there.

    • I’ve been searching for this quote for you. I finally found it in the Office of Readings. It is from “On Prayer” by Tertullian.
      “Prayer is an offering that belongs to God and is acceptable to him: it is the offering he has asked for, the offering he planned as his own.

      We must dedicate this offering with our whole heart, we must fatten it on faith, tend it by truth, keep it unblemished through innocence and clean through chastity, and crown it with love. We must escort it to the altar of God in a procession of good works to the sound of psalms and hymns. Then it will gain for us all that we ask of God.”

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