(based on Acts 2:46-47)

Every day now I awake at sunrise

with fire in my heart,

eagerly eat breakfast,

set out again towards the temple.

We start with prayer:

every day, we are more.


Anyone can join us – all are so welcome!

We share everything.

New brothers, new sisters, new life:

young and old, all one in Jesus the Christ.


Who would have thought

I could become one of these?

I’ve always been

back of the crowd, bottom of the pile,

untouchable cripple, barely-noticed beggar,

lying forgotten in the dust.


But one miracle day

only this past week

the Spirit-breath grew to a gale,

streaming into body and soul,

healing even me in one glorious second,

lifting me into blessed belonging.


Just ahead, across the temple courtyard,

Simon called Peter looks up,

squints in the morning light,

catches sight of me.

He grins broadly,

and I break into running.


© Sarah Sansbury, 19th June 2020

Acts 2:46-47 KJV
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.


Lovely poem. Looks like we are on the Same page.

Seven is my favourite number which holds many Scriptural resonances. So here are seven numerical snippets from my life: 1. I was born in 1967, in a village in Warwickshire, England, and grew up singing in the choir and bellringing in our village Anglican church. 2. I made a first true Christian commitment at age 14 through my school Christian Fellowship. 3. I studied Modern and Medieval Languages for 4 years at the University of Cambridge. 4. In 1993 I married Nick and we have 4 children. 5. I am English and have lived in France since 1999. I hold both British and French nationality and am bilingual. 6. 7 things close to my heart, in no particular order: Fair Trade commerce, cats, green tea, the ocean, Highland cattle, languages, and The Chosen series. 7. In July 2021 I created and began to lead a monthly online Christian poetry group, TRELLIS*, under the umbrella of the UK Association of Christian Writers. (*standing for Trust, Risk, Encouragement, Listening, Love, Inspiration, and Support) What a blessing now to join this inspirational Red Thread Poets group. Praying for the manifold blessings of the Spirit on us all, as we write our beautiful poems and songs full of heavenly inspiration and power.