Thursday, November 16, 2017

Not My Goodness


Not my goodness, not my zeal
Can explain my Father's love.
Not excitements that I feel...
All's a gift from Him above.

My good works could never earn
Grace for just one sin I've done.
I have earned God's wrath...to burn
Untold ages, like the sun.

But in mercy he forgave,
Washed me, cleansed me white as snow.
Jesus gave his life to save,
And his mercies ever flow.

He will fill my ev'ry lack.
He will guide me all my days.
I can never pay him back;
Only serve with grateful praise.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 ESV)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Predestined


God the Father knew us
Before there ever was us...
Before our parents ever were,
Before the world's foundations were.

God predestined us--yes, us
To be like Jesus, him stamped on us.
Not an outward stamp of form,
But the heart stamp, flaming, warm.

Our God called us,
Spoke life to us--
Made us hear him,
Love and fear him.

God the Father justified--
Made us clean through Christ who died
And the third day from death rose.
Now we wear his righteous clothes.

God the Father glorified
All of us he'd justified.
He's declared it, and it's sure.
In him we're bright...shining...pure.

And those whom he predestined he also called,
and those whom he called he also justified,
and those whom he justified he also glorified. 

(Romans 8:30 ESV)

This image has nothing to do with the poem, but I like the image. It's part of the walkway along Spring Creek.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sometimes a Space of Blue



Sometimes a space of blue
Breaks through a troubled sky,
Speaking of hope and heaven.

Sometimes a lark or wren
Sings in a dirty slum,
Proving that all's not lost.

Small as these mercies are,
They must not be despised.
Gently is life renewed.


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Grace and Peace


Grace and peace
Come as twins
Fresh and sweet
Come within
Fellowship
As we meet
(Praise from lips)
At Christ's feet

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(Romans 1:7 ESV)

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Prayer Before Worship, #1



Father of the faithful,
Thank you for our faith.
Thank you, Lord, for open eyes,
Re-made hearts, pardoned souls,
Opened ears to hear your word.
We have earned no speck of our forgiveness.
Yet we labor for the prize,
For the crown just up ahead,
Custom-made for each
According to our works.
Give us holy zeal today--
A passion, Lord, to serve you well,
A love for serving people,
A joy in speaking holy truth,
An awe in knowing that you work through us.

We are yours. Do as you will.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Faithful in All Seasons



Seasons come and seasons go.
Jesus stays the same--
Full of deeper truths to know.
Praise his holy name.

When our lives wind down to fall
He's still faithful, true.
He'll return, the King of all,
Making all things new.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)

Friday, September 01, 2017

Heeding God's Clock


Lord, your time is always right.
In your time, seeds bear good fruit.
My time looks so very good--
Only looks. It's not so great.
In my time, seeds sprout forth weeds,
Bringing death instead of life.

Father, may I heed your clock--
Quick to go when you say go,
Firm to stay when you say stay.
I've been stubborn, wanting my own time,
Wanting my own private clock.
Smash my clock so I'll hear yours.


My times are in your hand...." (Psalm 31:15)