Blooming Grace

“Love and beauty pour from the words and art on the pages. Morgan’s book is a balm for healing, a step toward joy, and a reminder to care for and be gentle with ourselves and each other. The world and my soul could always use more of that!” ~ Amena Brown, Poet, Author of How to Fix a Broken Record, Host of HER with Amena Brown podcast

“Every page of All Along You Were Blooming is visually stunning and profoundly evocative. Morgan Harper Nichols blends vulnerable reflections with ethereal elegance as she layers illustrations beneath her vulnerable poetry and honest musings on love, life, and spirituality. Prepare to have your heart opened by these delightful ruminations and your imagination inspired by her captivating images. ~ Christopher L. Heuertz, Author of The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth

Editor’s note: There’s something about poetry that can paint a picture of grace and beauty in a way that touches the heart unlike anything else. Morgan Harper Nichols’ new book of poetry will open your soul to grace untapped. We hope you enjoy the two selections below!

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Your past
has shaped you
and is part
of who you are.
It has left wounds
forever stained on your skin.
No matter how many times
you have tried to forget
and let these stories fade away
by keeping them out of direct light, it is okay
if there are still days
where you feel everything
and you have to take a moment
and say,
“In many ways,
this still affects me,
but I am leaning into the grace
that reminds me
I am free
to step out of the shadows
and still know peace here.”

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When it’s 2 a.m.
and the room
is lined
with shadows,
turn your eyes
toward the window —
to the little light burn of the street lamp

the white star
the flickering red light of the airplane passing by… breathe deep, breathe deep,
it is okay
to feel a little out of place
in this dark and restless space
and come falling,
falling
into grace.

And know this is still true:

Lo, I am
with you
until the end of end of earth, even at restless 2 a.m.’s,
even when it hurts.

So turn on the music,
open the book,
you do not have to count the hours. You may have lost your share of sleep, but Light will never lose the glory,

and no matter how long these late nights last, the sun is on the way
with mercy in the morning.

Excerpted from All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols, copyright Morgan Harper Nichols.

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Your Turn

Grace is here. Let these poems sink in today. Read them again. If your worry saw the clock at 2am, read them again. Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Laurie McClure, Faith.Full

Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer, artist, and musician who makes her work around people and their stories. Morgan spent the first few years of her adult life as a college admission counselor, and then, as a full-time touring singer-songwriter and musician. It was on the road that she cultivated her curiosity and passion for the written word and art, and slowly began to share her art with others online. In 2017, Morgan started a project where she invites people to submit their stories to her website. From there, she creates art inspired by what they send her, and then, sends them the art, for free. Nearly everything Morgan creates and shares today is from this project, and she always keeps the names and stories anonymous. The fruit of this project is shared daily around social media, in publications, on murals, and more. As an artist, Morgan has been commissioned by and collaborated with publications and brands including Adobe, LiveNation, Aerie, Coach, Esquire Singapore, and more. She has been featured on social platforms for publications such as Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, Hello Giggles, and SoulPancake. As a writer, her debut book ‘Storyteller’ is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Poetry. Morgan is now a full time writer, artist, and musician, and travels to speak, teach, and perform. She is on the board of directors at TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms). Morgan is originally from Atlanta, Ga. and she and her husband Patrick currently reside just a little south of Los Angeles in Orange County, Ca.

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