Evening Prayer by Dr. Ronald Bissell

Spiritual Poetry

I walked the other night 

beyond the hillside 

and saw a most beautiful sight. 

I saw the universe in all its majesty 

sparkling in my view. 

It spoke of love and peace 

and all the wonders it contained. 

I felt joyous and still 

for I knew I was seeing the future, 

the past, and the present all at once. 

I realized the fallacy of trying to see beyond my present moment 

or to feel life beyond my present reach. 

I knew that by focusing on the moment 

I would be able to fill my soul with love. 

It was then that I realized 

that peace was my own making. 

That love was the extension of my life. 

It was then that peace became present in my life 

for I knew the Spirit’s presence. 

I looked again 

and realized how my pathway 

had wandered. 

How lost I had become. 

If I only took a Star 

and focused upon it brilliance 

I would have not become trapped 

in the essence 

of who I thought I was.  

I sat mesmerized at the sight. 

The feeling overwhelmed me 

and became the focus of my thoughts. 

Stars grew in magnitude and charm. 

They became full of expression and love. 

They showed me my path 

and its importance in the truth of time. 

They echoed in my ears 

the love I knew Spirit was. 

Strength was given to me. 

Peace was offered 

but I knew that if I did not see the effects

of my life upon the world around me 

this peace and love would be missed. 

I had to make the move 

to become love and peace. 

I had to use the strength given to me 

by the universe 

to effect change in my world.  

I had to become 

the instrument of the Spirit’s love 

and in doing this 

begin my life anew. 

It was then that I saw a shooting star. 

It caught my attention 

and became my instant companion. 

I immediately rode upon its back 

and saw in an instant parts of the universe 

I never knew existed. 

I knew of ranges of time and space 

that only minutes before 

I could not have perceived. 

I wasn’t lost but was in awe of the beauty that surrounded me. 

I was at one 

with the Spirit’s love. 

I returned to my place on this earth 

and allowed my mind to wander. 

I felt at peace but 

was not sure of the place I was to take. 

I sat and listened. 

Listened to the energy around me. 

I knew then that my place 

would be before me 

that I would not need to worry 

or become frightened at its conclusion. 

I was only to pursue life as it came to me 

and to use that life 

to bring Light into the world around me. 

I closed my eyes and said a gentle prayer. 

It was then that I felt the Spirit’s hand touch my shoulder 

and felt it carry me home.