HERE I AM ↑
Here I am and I off to a rough start
I have the feeling that things that normally come effortelessly, are slipping away
Here in this place I want to ask you, Father
Where this feeling comes from, I'm completely out of breath
Everyday, I learn what you can do,
to build me up, you give me new strength
Here I feel your tailwind and do not have to wait any longer
Get started again, just a fresh start
Your house, Your word, I am glad that I know it
I feel secure there, always at home, never as a stranger
I'm traveling with my worries
No matter how small, there's nothing hidden from Your eyes
Nothing goes undetected, You leave nothing harmful inside
You are the security guard at the airport of mercy and I like to get in
But before that I put my heart in Your hand,
I was looking for a long time, but now I've recognized
That I'm never alone with You
On my way to You, Father, for you give everything meaning
In You I am, with You I may be
Whoever I am, big or small
Every man, woman and child may come to You
You hold us all, in You where we are safe
No matter how inconspicuous I appear before Your face,
I'm grateful to know, Father, I'm yours
In our everyday lives, our lives often concern us
But very rarely the question arises: Who gave it to us?
Being here with You is the greatest of your graces,
in spite of all my worries, I never want to complain
because You always show me how important I am to you
and You let me stand here now, make my existence meaningful
I am proud to serve You, father, as Your child
I did not dare to write these lines on paper
For which words, man-made, are meant to describe You?
My thoughts are simple and modest
Yet, I want to praise You and show Your dimension alone
I have only letter heaps and half sentence fragments,
the attempts to capture your great goodness, grace, it is not over
I've sometimes wondered why I'm so small and unimportant
But You speak to my heart: You are important to me!
And not only did You call me, You also empowered me,
whatever I entrust You, I feel confirmed
and where I go and do things too
so I would never take it easy and rest on your grace
Here we are, Father, wherever You are we are with You,
We can always say with certainty You did not forget us
So many times You have saved me from the flood of this world
I felt stranded many times, no idea what else counts
But I've always landed at Your beach of grace
Where I succeeded as a grain of sand towards your artwork
YOU are the artist who created all this,
and me, as part of the whole, find my place by Your side,
just like everyone else here,
until you say, "It is accomplished."
And so I wait, dear Father, include us all here
As part of Your whole, we want to be together
Until then, You keep Your promise
And so, oh great God, we beg You
Bring the day You tell us, here I am.
With all my heart ↑
Father, I offer up this heart,
a fresh start,
to stay and end with you.
Father, I pray to you with all my heart,
‘cause at my lowest, my darkest, my saddest
you are my shield, my shepherd, my shelter,
my song, my strength, my stability,
my rock, my rhythm, my remedy.
My temple, my triumph, my high tower,
my peace, my portion, my power,
---- my hiding place.
You hold me tight in your embrace.
My fortress, my father, my friend,
alpha, omega, beginning and end.
You are my anchor in the waves and in the wind,
your words have dried my tears;
because of you I have no fears.
You are a caretaker, a way-maker,
a heart fixer, a miracle worker.
You are a promise keeper, a light in the darkness,
---- a life-changing truth.
No matter how smooth
or how rough the day,
you stay. You are with me
each step of the way.
Today - and for ever.
You are caring and loving
and able and stable.
I take my place at your table
---- of blessing!
You know my worst.
You satisfy my thirst.
I seek you first, immersed in your goodness, your mercy, your love.
Your menu includes grace, abundance, peace and healing,
revealing your holiness and majesty.
It is under your wings I find refuge.
You are the creator of the sea,
and of heaven and Earth.
You are worth ---- the wait.
Father, here I am.
I am yours.
A child of eternity.
Free ---- from sin.
And you are within
The sea is calm.
And in the palm of your hand is where I want to end.
Your footprints in my sand.
So bend - this heart into your will.
Your will be done.
Your kingdom come.
And the grace of your son
---- be with us all;
until the day you call us
© Stephanie Garstenauer