That Awesome Place


Journeying, with faltering steps, into the holy place…

The closer I come
to the source of true holiness
the more aware I become
- of my innate tendency
to selfishness & sinfulness
- of the secret things,
which defile who I am.

And my heart grieves that
I break His heart, with
my insolence and obstinacy

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The impurities I see within
are set in contrast to the
beauty of His perfections,
yet rather than pushing me away,
I am drawn closer, ever closer
into that awesome place
where grace is extended
where cleansing is effected
where life is exchanged

and I arise clothed
in a righteousness, not my own

Alec Depledge




Ataraxia


Greek for undisturbed or untroubled “ataraxia” is a place of inner peace or calm,
in spite of external circumstances.

St Paul wrote these timeless words:
“… Your life is hidden with Christ in God…”
so adding to the Psalmist’s poetic insights
recorded in Psalm 18 (recommended reading).
In this reflective ditty I see a movement from
inner turmoil (the reality of many of us)
to a place of “ataraxia”
found through abiding “in Christ”
and I pray this will be your felt experience today.

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Calm that raging storm within
Tumult of both wind and sea
Still me into quietness
May Your peace hold sway in me

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Under shelter of Your wing
May I rest from all alarm
Safely held in strong embrace
Kept from all that could cause harm

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Living in that spacious place
Rock of Ages split for me
Trusting in Your loving care
Hidden there eternally

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Alec Depledge

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see also: poems




Who Are You, Lord?

While Praying One Day A Woman Asked,
"Who Are You, Lord?"

He Answered, "I Am".

But, Who Is I Am? She Said.

And He Replied .."I Am Love, I Am Peace,
I Am Grace, I Am Joy,
I Am The Way, Truth, And The Light ...
I Am The Comforter,
I Am Strength, I Am Safety,
I Am Shelter, I Am Power, I Am The Creator,
I Am The Beginning And The End,
I Am The Most High".

The Girl With Tears In Her Eyes Looked
Toward Heaven And Said,
"Now I Understand.

But Lord, Who Am I?"
Then God Tenderly Wiped The Tears
From Her Eyes And Whispered,
"You Are Mine".



Jesus said I am