Shelter (dVerse haibun)

https://dversepoets.com/2022/08/29/haibun-monday-give-me-shelter/

Instructions from host, Michelle Beauchamp:

“Today, I’d like you to incorporate the theme of “shelter” into your haibun. If you are new to the form, a haibun is made up of no more than three tight paragraphs that are non-fiction/autobiographical and usually written in present tense. The prose is followed by a haiku that makes reference to a season with an image of nature. Often the haiku adds another depth or layer to the prose.”

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Growing up, I lived in a house envied for its custom-designed beauty (mere veneer of “home”).  Dysfunction resided within, peopled by anger, secrets, deceits, a domineering and comfortless spirit of shaming humiliation.  This nurtured paralyzing fear and insecurity, a sense of abandonment, life-long difficulties.  I never felt sheltered—it was perilous to speak, my cares were dismissed.  I had no hope, heart homeless.

Memory-scars remain tender (‘forgiveness is a process’).  Thus, I’m daily grateful for my Heavenly Father’s embrace, the Good Shepherd’s gentle voice, Holy Spirit.  His love endures forever, new mercies every morning. 

I’m sustained in ‘the shelter of His wings’.

~♥~

First hearts ne’er sheltered

Their ice encased soul till it

Found true Haven’s warmth

©Leyde/Leslie Rene, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent…” Psalm 27:5, English Standard Version

“I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” Psalm 61:4, New King James Version

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4, New Living Translation

“For You have been a stronghold for the helpless… A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4, Amplified Bible

Humility

Let warped ego kneel

Live faith in humility

Link my plan to God’s

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.” Jeremiah 10:23, New Living Testament

“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the LORD directs his steps and establishes them.” Proverbs 16:9, Amplified Bible

“Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the LORD’S purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).” Prov 19:21, Amplified Bible

“The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Prov 20:24, NLT

“Commit everything you do to the LORD.  Trust him, and he will help you.” Psalm 37:5, NLT

“For here he is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals his plans to men…The LORD, the God who commands armies, is his name!” Amos 4:13, NET Bible