Friday, January 13, 2017

Clear Sight


Is your eye clear and bright--
Filled with truth, love and light?
When the day's not begun,
Can you see all Christ's done?
This whole world yet remains
Through his word that sustains.
All is sourced from above.
We exist through his love.
If he ever would stop,
Our existence would drop
Into nothing at all.


Is your eye clear and bright
To experience light?
Do you see what is there?
See God's work everywhere?

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! --Jesus, in Matthew 6:22-23 ESV

I'm not quite sure what the device is, but I saw it in my eye doctor's office. 

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Time Grows Shorter


Time grows shorter, shorter yet.
People come into our lives
And we see them day by day
And we think there's lots of time,
But there's not.

LORD, you've given us this day
Or, at least, this moment--NOW.
Stir us up to use the time.
May we see that you have planned
All the time that we will need
To do all that you've assigned--
Time for work and time for rest,
Time for worship, time to pray,
But no time at all to waste.
Thank you for this moment, now.

Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. --Ephesians 5:15-16, WEB

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Christ of Peace



In the chaos, Christ brings peace--
Peace with God and peace to give
Those around so they may live.
Jesus is himself our peace.

Will you trust this Christ today?
Trust him, and your soul is freed.
Trust him, and he'll meet each need.
He is peace--the life, the way.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. 
Not as the world gives do I give to you. 
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
                --Jesus (see John 14:27 ESV)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

One Best Gift



One best gift this Christmas
Prompts a million more
One best gift this Christmas--
Not from any store

This best gift of Christmas
Lasts while ages run
This best gift of Christmas
Is God's precious Son

Take the gift this Christmas
Jesus from God's heart
Take the gift this Christmas
And new life will start


But when the fullness of time had come,
God sent forth his Son,
born of woman,
born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

My Earnings


I have earned not grace but wrath
God's fire that ever burns but not consumes
So pain keeps gnawing on

I've been proud and stubborn too
A prig with pride in self-made laws
That I alone kept well

Only grace could rescue me
God's goodness bright and undeserved
Christ Jesus yes for me


For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
--2 Corinthians 1:19-20 (ESV2011)

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saints


We're called to be saints--
   Not made of plaster,
      stone or stained glass;
   Not with bright halos
      shiny and flat.

We're called to be saints--
   Holy in Jesus,
      clean, set apart,
   Serving him only
      with a new heart. 

...To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prayer in the Gloom



Our God, your glory's just as great
    On the gray and gloomy days
When hope is weak and has to wait
    And we're puzzled by your ways.

We know the waiting's just a test
    That will show our faith in you.
Your ways aren't clear, but they are best.
    In the end, you're always true.

Our troubles burn and press and pierce,
    But we're made for things above.
These clouds so dark and wide and fierce
    Come with linings of your love.


You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
(Job 30:22 ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


Is your world buffeted by stormy trials today? If so, I've posted this for you--and for myself when those days come to me. Our hopes and our joy must focus not on our circumstances, but on our faithful Lord.