Tea and Poetry

Today’s Tea Tidbit:

Teapot is on, the cups are waiting,
Favorite chairs anticipating,
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there’s always time for you.

Author Unknown


Today’s Poem

Strangers Are Friends We Haven’t Met
by Helen Steiner Rice

God knows no strangers,
He loves us all,
The poor, the rich,
The great, the small . . .
He is a friend
Who is always there
To share our troubles
And lessen our care . . .
No one is a stranger
in God’s sight,
For God is love
And in His Light
May we, too, try
In our small way
To make new friends
From day to day . . .
So pass no stranger
With an unseeing eye,
For God may be sending
A new friend by.

Tea and Poetry

Today’s Tea Tidbit:

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.

–Author Unknown

Today I am sharing a poem by one of my favorite poets, Helen Steiner Rice:

On The Wings of Prayer

Just close your eyes and open your heart
And feel your worries and cares depart,
Just yield yourself to the Father above
And let Him hold you secure in His love …
For life on earth grows more involved
With endless problems that can’t be solved –
But God only asks us to do our best,
Then He will “take over” and finish the rest …
So when you are tired, discouraged and blue,
There’s always one door that is open to you –
And that is the door to “The House of Prayer
And you’ll find God waiting to meet you there …
And “The House of Prayer” is no farther away
Than the quiet spot where you kneel and pray –
For the heart is a temple when God is there
As we place ourselves in His loving care …
And He hears every prayer and answers each one
When we pray in His name “Thy Will Be Done” –
And the burdens that seemed too heavy to bear
Are lifted away on “The Wings of a Prayer“.

Helen Steiner Rice

I have loved Helen Steiner Rice’s poetry from the moment I discovered it.  It is always so encouraging and inspirational.  I wasn’t ready to share something of my own today, so I decided to share a Helen Steiner Rice poem.  I hope you will enjoy it and that it will encourage you today.

Storms Bring Out the Eagles But The Little Birds Take Cover

When the “storms of life” gather darkly ahead,
I think of these wonderful words I once read
And I say to myself as “threatening clouds” hover:
Don’t “fold up your wings” and “run for cover”,
But like the eagle “spread wide your wings”
and “soar far above” the trouble life brings,
For the eagle knows that the higher he flies,
The more tranquil and brighter become the skies…
And there is nothing in life God ever asks us to bear
That we can’t soar above “On The Wings Of A Prayer,”
And in looking back over the “storm you passed through”,
You’ll find you gained strength and new courage, too,
For in facing “life’s storms” with an eagles wings
You can fly far above earth’s small, petty things.

Helen Steiner Rice

I believe it is based on one of my favorite scriptures:  . . . “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   — Isaiah 40:31