Imago Dei

In the caverns of my mind

I walk

amongst ruins of scattered opulence.

How brilliantly they shined

once,

how final their destruction is.

If You are to live in here

with me,

then please restore my soul.

Set me as a seal upon Your arm,

a royal diadem in Your right hand.

A second pair of footsteps echoes in the dark,

or maybe

I imagine them.

Author: ebonyandcrows

Hello and welcome to my page~ My name is Larisa--a very common Slavic name that was either derived from the Latin word hilaris, meaning "cheerful," or from the Greek city of Larissa, meaning "strong fortress." Born in Ukraine, I emigrated with my family to America when I was still a small child and now make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Growing up immersed in two vastly differing cultures led me to have a burning curiosity about people all over the world. Stemming from said curiosity, I have fallen in love with traveling to other countries, meeting new people and delving into their culture, exploring new cities, and of course, dining on the local cuisine! If I cannot escape into a different country, then my next favorite method of adventure is to lose myself in a spectacular book. I enjoy books of all genres--from fiction and novels, to biographies and ethnographies. As long as it captures my fancy and holds me spellbound the entire time, I will burn through the book like a forest fire! Because of this penchant for reading and travel, coupled with my love of deep and mysterious things, I have been often called a dreamer and I find the title suits me. With that being said, I invite you to stay a while, perhaps make yourself a cup of tea and linger through my posts and feel free to comment or share a thought :-)

27 thoughts on “Imago Dei”

    1. Dust to dust..you know, I’ve never been to a funeral where they actually invoke that line. That must be purely Hollywood.

      Haha I’m tickled that you’re taking the quest seriously 😁 I do wish you success, and I hope you like it!

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  1. Reminds me of Psalm 51, one of my go-to psalms. Though few people will go through what David put himself through (the psalm was written after Nathan confronted him with his sin), it is still salve for a troubled conscience. The whole chapter is great but your poem reminds me specifically of 51:10-12.
    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

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    1. I love those verses, I have repeated them many times. I am happy that my poem reminded you specifically of a chapter in Scripture, I wasn’t drawing on anything in particular when I was thinking these words, just recalled the lines from Song of Songs and Isaiah in the flow of thought. They are such beautiful words.

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        1. Bill, I don’t think my comments are going through on your blog. I’m not sure. I have left many comments and I don’t think a single one of them has yet to make an appearance. I was reading your latest post on Noah’s Ark and you had mentioned that there has been no evidence of a flood, but on the research that I have done on this topic, I posit that there has actually been a vast amount of evidence found but it doesn’t make mainstream science news. It’s fascinating. Another blogger shared this YouTube-cast with me and I am only about a third of the way through listening to it, but it is utterly captivating. It’s two scientists who talk about earths history and I’d love to share it with you.

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          1. Hi, I don’t know your name, but thank you for replying to my Noah post — I will watch that video. I’m the first to admit I’m not really informed on the subject, I write from pure emotion and that’s not always a good idea. I don’t know why your other comments didn’t get through to me, probably my fault, I’m hopeless when it comes to the tech-side of this blogging business. I will ask WordPress about it. Thanks again.

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            1. That’s okay, my name is Larisa 😊 I have commented both through the reader and directly on your blog and none of my comments have gone through. I thought maybe it was because you didn’t want comments from me on there and that’s perfectly okay too. You might want to check your spam comments, however.

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    1. Thank you Rachel ♥️ Mapping out my own mind has proven to be a treacherous endeavor as I’ve had to come face to face with all kinds of hidden fears and biases and erroneous, programmed thinking patterns. I’ve had no choice but to believe in something greater than these invisible foes, that there is a goodness out there that is so much greater than the fears that struggle to keep me in their grip. I like to imagine that I’m not alone when I walk these paths, that comfort and strength are always just around the corner.

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      1. “there is a goodness out there that is so much greater than the fears that struggle to keep me in their grip. “

        Yes, and while that goodness out there may be made of many things, most importantly it is the goodness of your own beautiful heart. ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Tim! No, people should not be used to validate our own worth, I agree. And I have long since lost faith in people to be able to do that for me—we simply are not strong enough to bear these kinds of burdens for others. No, this was a prayer sent up to God. Even though I have read over and over that He is always near, there have been times I’ve seriously questioned that when I’ve had to walk through dark and treacherous paths, hence the imagined footsteps. Were those footsteps of companionship or did I imagine them? You know, my mind playing tricks on me, fears making me want to believe that I’m alone and forgotten, their usual conversation.

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