book III: chapter 7-12

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” (Colossians 2:18-20)

Shadows Of Visions

How can the dim impression left
Reflect the truth of heaven’s light?
Both words and image are bereft
of means to hold its breadth and height.

If these impressions aren’t denied,
The heart feels favored by the light.
These thoughts will soon engender pride,
And undermine the soul’s dim sight.

She clings to the humility
He’s formed in her right from the start
A creature of fragility —
She trusts in Him, not in her heart.

His light is infused at first touch;
The thoughts that linger aren’t worth much.

May the Spirit clear our memories of all notions that undermine the nature of Truth.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003