Presenting Clare-Kaegi Watts, my dear and talented friend. The pictures here are her original artwork done in great detail in pen and ink.
She is also a poet whose words are a praise to our Heavenly Father. In her work, THE BODY, you will see that she highlights various parts of her body that she uses to praise the Lord. (i.e. Eyes, Feet, Hands, etc.)
It is my hope that the art and the poetry bless you as they have me.
A Song of Praise
Before the light of morning spills across the land
I rise to greet the day and thank my God
For His grace, His love, my liberty.
Some distance walked while still half dark,
Through trees the soft mists shrouding.
The quiet of my LORD’s creation settles, peaceful, still,
Upon my spirit as I seek His sweet presence there.
A soft golden ray of light from this day’s sun
Alights upon the silver, polished limbs
Of a tall and stately Gum right in my path.
A movement caught my eye,
A note of song of sweet, pure clarity
As tiny birds of dazzling hue and great fragility
Woke joyful, carefree, singing praises
To their Maker for this new fair day!
I stopped, looked and held my breath;
The scene to me became a symphony
Of light, and sound – and wonder.
God’s blessings, beyond number, took perspective
Far too wonderful for words to say
As revelation led to revelation beyond number.
Welling up from deep within, this song of praise erupted ……
Oh, LORD Creator, thank You for my EYES that I may see
The beauty of this tall and stately tree,
That ALL Your wonderful creation I too may gaze upon
And praise Your handiwork with, “It is good!”
And precious Savior thank You for my inner eyes
That I may see the wonder of Your Truth.
Oh, LORD Creator, thank You for my EARS that I with joy
May hear the sweet song of birds carefree,
The cricket’s chirp, cicada shrill, frog or busy bee;
Or stand and listen to Your wind blow gently through the trees.
And loving Savior, gentle Friend, thank You for my “inner ear”
That hears Your still, small voice of guidance, love and care.
Oh, LORD Creator, thank You for my TONGUE that I
With thanks and praise may taste of Your rich bounty –
Of fruit, or herb or honey sweet,
Of bread, or fish or tender meat,
And blessed Jesus thank You for my LIPS that join
With tongue to sing Your praises,
Glorifying You for ALL Your graces.
Oh, LORD Creator, thank You for my HANDS that I may touch
The wonders of Your work.
To feel the softness of a petal smooth,
The sweet touch of baby’s cheek.
But especially I thank You LORD for these strong hands
To do Your work and minister to souls in need.
And Abba, Father, thank You for these HOLY hands
Rising with my prayers as precious incense to Your Throne,
That reaching, touch Your great and loving heart –
To receive blessings beyond words known!
Oh, LORD Creator, thank You for my FEET that bear me
On journeys far, that I might marvel as I travel
At Your good gifts so great by far!
I bless You, Jesus, for these feet made strong to carry me
Through my pilgrimage to heaven eternal –
And follow in YOUR footsteps straight and true.
Beloved LORD, I thank You for my MIND that through life’s journey
I can ponder on those things of God
That come from You each morning.
That in my memory retain the treasures of Your Wisdom
And Your guidance, meditating daily on Your Word
And think with joy and wonder of those things which are above!
But LORD Creator, Mighty, Gracious God, I thank You
Bless and praise You most for my strong HEART.
You took my old cold stony one, and cast it on the scrap-heap,
And in its place You put a heart of flesh, restored,
Washed in my Savior’s blood, cleansed and forgiven.
So now I see, O SO clear! – that ALL I am, and ALL I have,
And EVERYTHING about me
Is gifted from my loving God, that I may sing His praises.
And this body, made by Him,
For Him, a holy Temple.
To God, and Him alone – be glory!