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)

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.