Walls and Boundaries

Image found: empoweredeveryday.blogspot.com Quote: Crossroads, by Wm. Paul Young, pg. 205

Image found: empoweredeveryday.blogspot.com
Crossroads, by Wm. Paul Young, pg. 205

Pain. Fear. Distrust. All these dynamics play havoc on our needs for walls and boundaries. Do all of us struggle with walls and boundaries? I think so. Discerning between the two is difficult at best,”life-quenching” at it worst. Pain creates vulnerabilities and the need for protection, safety and security.

I’m struggling with these concepts and that what this quote by Wm. Paul Young brought to light in my thought life as I read on the balcony with Ashlyn yesterday.  I want to embrace all God has for me, my family and friends. I don’t want to put up walls that keep me inside of myself, and keep others out. Others including God. Still, I don’t want to let others into my pain, or let my pain out on them.

If you too are struggling with walls and boundaries, let’s make the choice, together to move from our thought life into our prayer life. . .

Dearest Papa,

I know I’ve put up walls in fear and distrust of You and life around me. The truth is, I don’t know what You have to offer in my security or my safety. Help me work within your will to dismantle my walls for Your best in my life. Help me work with the Holy Spirit to establish boundaries that ‘honor’ your life in me and in the people around me. Help me relax in your “tender embrace” and let my prayers puddle at your feet. One day, ‘I will no longer need walls.’

In the name of Your Son, that walked the walls of our hearts, Amen


The Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Image Found: Wikipedia: Stone wall at Frost's Farm in Derry New Hampshire, which he describes in his poem,  The Mending Wall

Image Found:
Wikipedia: Stone wall at Frost’s Farm in Derry New Hampshire, which he describes in his poem,
The Mending Wall

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors‘.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know 
What I was walling in or walling out, 
And to whom I was like to give offence. 
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, 
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “Good fences make good neighbors.”


Below is a link to the Toronto Sun’s Article and photos of the 10 Most Famous Walls


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