The Sap Will Rise

Come to the quiet field-
come, lower your ears
to the frozen ground
and listen.

In eager expectation
creation waits and hopes
beneath the wintry weight
of yet more snow.

Come dry your face-
your dank and trepid brow
and lift your tired eyes
unto the hill.

All’s not lost
though all seems waste
and hollow and still
and most forlorn.

The sap will rise again
at His command and wake
the lifeless heart
to newness.

His righteousness is near
salvation’s not delayed-
His faithfulness does reign
from heaven.

Atop a lofty tree He broke
the tend’rest sprig, and yet
He set it high upon His hill to be
His noblest cedar.

Birds of every kind will flock
and nest and rest and dwell
among its luscious branches
and shelt’ring shade.

The LORD has spoken
His righteousness fulfills-
the Son is risen to highest honor
and endless praise.

Come to the waking field-
come, raise your voice with everything
that breathes and every glad tree
of the field!

Petra O. Hefner



10 thoughts on “The Sap Will Rise

  1. Scripture-rich and dripping with nourishment!

    Thank you, Petra. Such comfort and assurance in these lovely words.



  2. Quite lovely words, Petra, full of hope in His salvation and praise of His faithfulness.

    “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deut 33:27


  3. Oh, Petra! This is so beautiful! And, I agree with Elizabeth…”scripture rich and dripping with nourishment.”

    I hope you will post more like this! You are one gifted sister!

    Love you dearly!


  4. Very nice, and I love that you’ve woven scripture into it.
    Just what I needed today, to know that in the deadness of this winter, life will renew again!

    I love the picture, too.


  5. Dear Petra,

    Thank you for sharing the gifts our Father has given you!

    “The LORD has spoken”… and I get goosebumps! Those for words are just so powerful!

    Blessings to you today.


  6. What a gift with words God has given you, Petra! Thank you for not keeping it to yourself. :)

    How can Scripture not come forth when you put pen to paper? You’ve obviously hidden it in your heart well and know the Word. What a blessing.

    Another thing I love about your poetry is that, while it’s so lovely, those of us who aren’t gifted in this area can so easily understand it. :)

    God Bless you!


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