Monday, November 5, 2018

The Walk

Years of walking,
I've experienced humanity along this path
In gratitude and grief, longing and hoping,
knowing and obeying. 
I've never walked alone. Never.

The Father's plan all along, to do His Will

Today marked the start of a different trek,
One prepared from the very beginning
When the roads started to diverge.
Our efforts in place, the Hope for a cure,
A promise-- if one believes.

The Father's Plan all along, free will.

I knew this time, again, inevitable wounds.
Fear was not an option; it lies, deceives.
We met in the desert, those wilderness places.
It tried walking me to the edge.
I scoff at the ignorance for I see fear's fate.

My Father's Plan all along, forever to reign.

The weight held my feet
As if captured in an animal trap.
With each movement,
Especially the first open-eyed breath of morning light
I knew what must be done.

I'd walk with the burdens, all of them.
With the mocking--loud and the memory crown, piercing.
The silent ones hurt more, those who say but never do,
Who know, yet seek the temporary.
I walk for all. I love for all.

The Father's Plan all along, to give it all over to Him.

With bloodied feet numb
I shed grief's loss to gain righteousness.
Right thinking
Right doing
Right living under and through His Grace.

The Father's Plan all along, Resurrection.

The burden heavy in my human weakness
Yet there are those who help me carry
I arrive and Grace begins.
The promises of Hope plugs in to dance
To the music of victory, to the symphony of purpose.

The Father's plan all along, Merciful Redemption

The Campaign gathers the disciples,
The afflicted, the faithful,
Who walk with me. We grow together,
Learn and listen, pray, Oh, the prayers!
We remember the why and the who.

The Father's Plan all along, Greater Love.

Past, present and future converge.
Hope arises from the intersection,
Where arms stretch out, chests heave,
Legs strain to lift and open lungs
Until its done and history changes.

The Father's Plan all along, that He makes One Way.

Here, death is remembered
But life peers into Eternity
For all those who give of themselves,
Surrender their own will,
And I am redirected to Heaven.

The Father's Plan all along, Communion. 

Peace pours back down
And True Believers receive the gifts.
Hearts and feet walk side by side along the Way
Forever changed, forever comforted, forever loved,
Forever knowing,  His Plan all along...Glory

Considerably Yours,
Coleene VanTilburg


  1. You have expressed your journey for the cure in heartfelt lyrics. I hear the melody that bouys you and your escorts in God. A lovely tribute to Timmy.


  2. Coleene VanTilburgNovember 6, 2018 at 12:33 PM
    Hi Dorothy-jean. Thank you for the comment here on my blog. Yes, a reflection on my Walk and THE Walk of Redemptive Grace.

  3. I love how you are always able to see God in all aspects of your life & the lives of others. And now, in your blog the connection of Timmy's Walk & our walk with Him. Makes me smile. :)

  4. Just beautiful, poetic and heartfelt words Coleene. You have such depth of thought and bring your daily life and God's truth together ...walking side by side with such perspective. You've shared your personal burdens and journey with us... walking miles in grief but always carrying Timmy's memory with such grace and love. I love you my friend. ♥

  5. Thank you Diane. Though the NephCure Walk is accomplished through me and a few volunteers these past 9 years, my walk forward in that, posthumously for Tim, becomes a supetnatural will, done in Grace and thanksgiving. Like our Lord as He walked with His burden of the Cross and the weight of our sin, His triumphant victory through that sacrifice is why I can carry on. Thank you for always honoring me, Tim, and my faith. I love you always, my gifted special friend. ❤