Saturday, April 28, 2012

Luke

St. Luke. A miniature from the Gelati Gospels
St. Luke. A miniature from the Gelati Gospels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Luke denied himself,
    forgot himself,
        and found his life.

He thought of others.
He told of others.
He himself nearly disappeared.

He worked hard.
He risked his life
    Serving the Lord,
    Serving Paul,
    Serving the church that was
        and the church that would be.

Luke nearly disappeared,
But it's through him that we know
    of a baby in a manger
    and of the birth of the church.

Thank you, God, for Luke.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
(Luke 1:1-4 ESV)

Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and also the Acts of the Apostles. For an article about him, click here.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rescued Sheep

I edited one of my wife's photos. From Blog12


Ever straying,
Sad, lost sheep,
We weren't praying.
Mired, sin-deep.

God, in kindness,
Gave his own.
We, all blindness,
Killed Who shone.

Christ, arising,
Still gives grace.
We're now prizing
What? His face.


He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
--1 Peter 2:24-25, ESV

Monday, April 16, 2012

God's Providence

From Blog12

God feeds the birds and sends the breeze
And sun and rain, and grows the trees.
Beyond the skies of blue or gray,
God's mercies meet us day by day.

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
        his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
        great is your faithfulness.

(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Gravedigger



A baby cries
And slowly dies,
And I dig.

A rich man's cash
Melts in a crash,
And I dig.

A dying moan,
A wife alone,
And I dig.

An old man sighs
And softly dies,
And I dig.

A teen struck down--
It shocks the town,
And I dig.

A loaded gun,
Some deadly fun,
And I dig.

I don't ask why.
I rarely cry,
But I dig.

One day at last--
So slow? Or fast?
And I won't dig.

I'll lie down flat--
No tools, no hat--
And they will dig.

You return man to dust
        and say, “Return, O children of man!”
(Psalm 90:3 ESV)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Prairie

From Blog12

The rolling prairie's sectioned now,
Sliced in squares like cake
By county roads.
Cell phone towers are the candles.
Sprinkles of candy houses
Are nested on pistachio frosting,
While underneath is still
The deep chocolate soil.


For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.

(Haggai 2:6, ESV)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Three Days


When Jesus died--
   Black, holy day
And hellish like none else--
My every sin
   Upon him lay.
He took it on himself.

When Jesus rose--
   Bright, holy day
With glory straight from heaven--
It showed my sin
   Was done away.
Forgiveness had been given.

When Jesus comes--
   Great, final day--
The dead in Christ will rise
All free from sin,
   All light, no gray,
Himself their light, their prize.


He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.

(1 Peter 2:24 ESV)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Laying Aside the Robe



Jesus laid aside his robe
To wash disciples' feet.

Peter laid aside his robe
To wade from sea to shore.

Some men laid aside their robes
To kill the martyr Stephen.

I lay aside my robe
To wear a robe from Christ.

My older robe, my unsaved self,
Is laid aside for Him.

...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.


(Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Glory Now Or Later

From Blog12

Piling glories up in mounds...
Massive crowds attest your fame.
Revel as your praise abounds...
All the world will shout your name.

But those glories will not last.
That's the road to hell and death.
All your honors will be dashed
As you take your final breath.

Christ's own kill their proud desires;
Gladly choose a place that's low.
They escape hell's brimstone fires.
Final glory's what they know.

It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Proverbs 16:19 ESV)

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
(1 Peter 5:5 ESV)