Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Last, Best Word

Long ago, as you know,
God's own word had been heard
Many ways, many days--
Words divine, line by line
Through God's men. That was then.
In our days? Give God praise!
Time's fulfilled, as God willed.
One last Word has been heard,
And that one is God's Son
Whom God's called heir of all.
He is best. All the rest
Will not do. Christ makes new.
God, after He spoke long ago
to the fathers in the prophets
in many portions and in many ways,
in these last days has spoken
to us in His Son,
Whom He appointed heir of all things,
through Whom also
He made the world.

(Hebrews 1:1-2 NASB)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Morning Prayer

Lord and Father, Friend,
Fill our thoughts this day.
You're our source, our end.
Lead us in your way.

May we see how free
We are now, reborn.
Give us eyes to see
More each dawning morn.

As we seek your face,
As we seek your will,
Soak us in your grace.
Strengthen, guide and fill.

Any good we'll do
Isn't us alone.
No. We're washed, made new,
Men sent from your throne.

...I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. (Psalm 59:16)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Not By My Works

All my works could never buy
A crumb of what you offer
Freely as a gift of grace
To all who trust the Savior.

Lord, you knew my weight of guilt
And gave your Son to bear it.
Now it's gone, and I am free
To serve you, clean, forever.

Why your love extends to me
Is more than I can fathom.
I just praise you day by day
And marvel at your mercy.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

(1 Timothy 1:15 ESV)

Monday, August 03, 2015

Nights of Weeping (Based on Psalm 6)

Nights of weeping, days of pain
And my cries unto the Lord…
Why’s my suffering still remain?

He has heard and seen my tears.
Someday, joy will be restored
When the Lord himself appears.

Men’s vile boasts will turn to shame.
God will crush that evil horde.
All will tremble at his name.

Praise the Lord! He’ll win somehow!
Dance, rejoice and celebrate!
Praise him! Praise him, starting now!

I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
--Psalm 6:6 ESV

Read the whole Psalm here.
I'm not personally going through a desperate time right now, but many people are. If YOU are, this is for you. In your worst times, run to the Lord and run to the Psalms. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Forest

The forest is electric now,
With trunks of steel
That never feel
The soft imprint of children's climb.

The children are electric, too,
With thumbs that brush
But never touch
The pages in electric books.

But grandpa still is real today,
With tales retold
And arms to hold
The child who dares to touch, to feel.

Then [Jesus] took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, "Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me." (Mark 9:36-37 NKJV)

Sunday, July 19, 2015


You're purified my heart.
I'm washed from ev'ry sin.
Now, all I am--my ev'ry part
Flows from your life within.

Yet I must fight to grow
In love and purity
In all I do and think and know
Till you are all I see.

And when my life is past,
Kept clean by your strong grace,
I'll enter near your throne at last
And see your glorious face.

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lord of the Armies of Heaven

Lord of the armies of heaven,
I am your soldier today.
Whatever task I am given,
May I fulfill it, I pray.

My life and my reputation
Aren't really mine in the end.
All's for the good of your nation.
Your kingdom's what I defend.

Yes, I'm aware of my weakness--
Flabbiness all the day long--
But Christ in me brings completeness.
When I am weak, then I'm strong.

Fear, then, you hosts of the devil.
Your work may fail in a flash.
Jesus will conquer all evil.
Satan will fall with a crash.

Lord of the armies of heaven,
I am your soldier today.
Whatever task I am given,
Let me fulfill it, I pray.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 ESV)

Poem and photo ©2015 James L. Swindle