Saturday, March 25, 2017

Humility


Grant us, Lord, humility
That comes from knowing you.
Perfection's seen in all you do
While we're a sin-swamped sea.

You will raise those who bow low
And place them on the height
And give them glory, grace and might
While proud ones bow below.

Such reversals honor you.
They show your ways are best.
So let us run to you and rest--
Most sure you'll see us through.



Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God 
so that at the proper time he may exalt you...


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Transformation


All we bring is brokenness—
     Wounds that fester,
     Stench of sin.
All we bring is nothingness—
     No achievements,
     No good works.
Jesus gives us everything—
     First his words, and
     Then his touch.
Jesus gives us cleanliness—
     Full forgiveness,
     Sins all gone.
Jesus gives us holiness—
     His own Spirit
     Now within.

Transformation we’ve not earned—
     Praise and bless him
     Evermore.

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3 ESV)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Lord's Final Victory



Hope for all who've been oppressed--
Light, not darkness...Crushed ones blessed...
Overwhelming, poured-out grace...
Refugees now have a place...
God the Father on his throne
And all worship him alone.
Praise the LORD for all he's done!
Glory to him through his Son!


Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

--Isaiah 9:7 ESV

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Prayer in Life's Storm



God of all thunder,
God of all grace,
We bow in wonder
And seek your face.

Our prayers ascending
(Broken but true)
Meet grace unending
Pouring from you.

We claim no merit
From what we've done.
We just inherit
Life through your Son.

God of all thunder,
God of all grace,
We bow in wonder
And seek your face.

Even when I go through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger, 
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff ​— ​they comfort me.
--Psalm 23:4 CSB

Saturday, February 18, 2017

God Gives Life



Hallelujah! God gives life.
The great LORD... reaches down,
Reaches in to change a man--
Bringing life where death once reigned.
He will use the word we preach.
Some will change--their wills renewed,
They will trust the living Christ--
Jesus, Master, Savior, Lord.

In him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. 
--John 1:4

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Late-Winter Morning




Blackbirds trilling in the trees
On this chill late-winter day
Soon will northward wing their way
Through a brisk but warmer breeze.

Spring will come as sure as day.
Other birds will fill our trees,
But today the blackbirds please
As they make our day less gray.

​I know all the birds of the hills,
    and all that moves in the field is mine.

--The Lord, in Psalm 50:11

I wrote the poem a week or two ago. I always enjoy hearing or seeing the red-winged blackbirds as they migrate through our area. They were summer residents in western Illinois, where I spent much of my youth.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Someday


Someday we'll have streets of gold 
And stay healthy, not grow old
Never scorching, never cold 
In the new Jerusalem

Someday we'll live in the light
No more clouding of our sight
Always daylight, never night
In the new Jerusalem

Not abandoned, not alone
We'll see Christ there on his throne
Full of grace for all his own
In the new Jerusalem

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God... (Revelation 21:10 ESV)