Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Smith

The smith heats the iron
And beats the iron
Seemingly without mercy
Until it's shaped to serve him well. 

The Lord heats his own
And beats his own
Seemingly without mercy
Until we're shaped to serve him well.

There's reason for heating
And reason for beating.
The one who heats and beats will stop
As soon as the shaping's done.


--Hebrews 12:6 NASB

The photo was taken at George Ranch Historical Park. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Weed

The brave weed seed
Found a crack of soil--
Not leafy loam,
But dirt blown in
Within an asphalt lot.

And so it grew between the cars,
A little spot of green.

I could have pulled
That stubborn weed.
It's just a weed,
Yet brave.

I left it there,
That little weed,
And it left me
Pondering my lot.

His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. ... (Jeremiah 17:6)

Sunday, October 02, 2016

One Fear

One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

    His anger's pure.
    It fierce. It's sure
    To save the meek,
    The kind, the weak.
    He slays the strong,
    Oppressive throng.
    Against his plans
    No man can stand.

One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

But you, you are to be feared! 
  Who can stand before you 
  when once your anger is roused? 
      (Psalm 76:7 ESV)

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Honest work done well
For the Lord (not self)
Offers the sweetest reward.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

I saw these gloves where a workman had left them. Maybe he was having lunch.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Prayer of Confession for the Church

Father, there are secret sins
Corroding us within,
Eating holes beneath our holiness--
Gnawing termites
Hidden by the shell
Of our respectability.

It's a mercy when you lay them bare
So they can be killed.

Slash them, pierce them with the sword
Hidden in your word.
Burn them with the light of truth.
Burn them in fires of repentance.

They may leave some fearsome holes.
We may hardly know
How we'll live without them--
Who we are without them.
Fill those holes with yourself.
Flood us with your Holy Spirit.

Cancel the devil's plans.
Do your work today
In us, your church,
Through us, your church,
By your own power
And for your own glory.

In Jesus' name we pray.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:9-10 ESV)

Sunday, September 04, 2016

God Our Joy

God of pleasure, depths of joy
All surround your glorious throne;
Flow forever to your own.

There's no thing--no earthly toy
That can meet our hearts' desire.
Toys all perish in your fire.

May we turn to you for joy--
Humble hearts, submitted, still,
Eager now to do your will.

You make known to me the path of life; 
   in your presence there is fullness of joy;
   at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
       (Psalm 16:11 ESV)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Another World

I'm waiting for another world--
A world renewed, remade,
Among the stars unfurled
With brightness, never shade.

The Lord will be the light!
No sin, no guilt, no shame,
No wrong, but only right--
Pure joy in Jesus' name.

No longer will you have the sun for light by day, 
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; 
But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, 
And your God for your glory. (Isaiah 60:19 NASB)