Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blow Yet More

From Blog09

Blow yet more, O wind of God.
Blow through barren lands
Where scarcely is your gospel known;
Where no one understands.

Blow yet more, O wind of God.
Blow through dusty souls
Where truth's forgotten, hatred's grown;
Where love is tired and cold.

Blow yet more, O wind of God.
Blow away the strife
That cripples churches of your own.
Yes, blow! Bring winds of life.

"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
--Jesus, in John 3:8 NKJV

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brothers and Sisters

From Blog09

Hair of black wool or golden flax,
Eating salsa or kimchi or kraut,
Kilt or business suit,
Palace or hut,
Farm or office or factory--
These are lesser things.

Child of God or of Satan,
Reborn or still dead,
Forgiven or guilty,
Pure or polluted,
Serving God or serving self--
These are greater things.

Thank you, Lord, for brothers and sisters
Of every nation and tribe and people.
Thank you for your creativity and for their diversity
And for opening my eyes to see all of this.

And they sang a new song with these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation..."
--Revelation 5:9, NLT

From Blog09

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Thanksgiving Prayer

From Blog09

We thank you for the food we eat
And for each loved one whom we meet.
We thank you for our families,
Both born and blended by degrees.
We thank you for the work we do,
And for your mercies, ever-new.
We thank you for your word, still true,
But thank you most of all for You.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
--James 1:17 ESV

Poem ©2005 James L. Swindle

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

I saw this video on Craig's blog. It's well worth your time. (Incidentally, the speaker is pastor at a church in my town, but I don't think I'd never heard him speak until on this video.)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Surprise Visitor

Our son, who was upstairs, called down to me. He told me to bring my camera and come up to the bathroom. He pointed to the shower curtain rod. On the rod was this tree frog.
From Blog09

I took photos of it and soon moved it to a bush outdoors. I'm not sure of any great spiritual lesson here, other than the lesson that Proverbs gives about things that are small but wise. Proverbs doesn't mention the frog there, but it mentions the lizard. "The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings' palaces." (Proverbs 30:28) I'm still not sure how the frog found its way into the house and onto the shower curtain rod.

I'm glad the Lord has such delightful surprises for us, but I wouldn't like to experience a plague of frogs such as the Lord sent on the Egyptians (See Exodus 8.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Years

From Blog09

The years
    dry leaves
blow by and disappear
    into the compost
    of faded glory
but fertilize
    next spring's dreams--
    dreams now still acorns
of the mighty oaks
in the forest of God's providence

So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
--Psalm 90:12, NKJV

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Finding Home

From Blog09

I sometimes feel so all alone
With tasks that never end--
Forever running, never home,
No rest. I can't unbend.

But Jesus is my rest, my home,
My place of all the best
Where I am loved and known.
In him, then, I will rest.

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
--Matthew 11:28 NLT

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't Lose the Wonder

From Blog09

Jesus said we must come to him like little children. Let's not forget how to marvel at his creation, at his salvation, and at Jesus himself.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Bearing God's Image

In a recent online sermon, Darrin Trammell spoke of various ways in which we bear God's image (Genesis 1:27). Here's an excerpt that struck me.

We bear the image of God in that we were created to rule. God told Adam and Eve to have dominion over the world. He gave them the power and the ability to rule over it. Think about it, before the fall all of nature was under Adam’s rule. The animals obeyed his voice. He was the king of the earth. But when he rebelled against God, nature rebelled against him and has been in rebellion ever since.

Friday, November 06, 2009

My Pleasure

From Blog09

Be my pleasure, Lord,
My joy, my great reward.
Deliver me from lesser things.
Reshape me so that my heart sings
(Happy, holy, new)
Only, Lord, of you.

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

--Psalm 37:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

--Philippians 4:4

Monday, November 02, 2009


From Blog09

Black as day
Flash of light
Thunder crash
Scattered drops
Wind goes wild
Deluge drench
Trees bow thanks
Wave and dance
All is well
Sun returns

The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; your arrows flashed on every side.
--Psalm 77:17 NRSV