Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dawn


The morning sky was painted pink
And blue and wealthy gold,
A more-than-Monet masterpiece
Above the waking city.
The cars crowded the freeway,
And most saw only taillights.


Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
(Psalm 90:14 ESV)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beyond All Thought


Beyond all thought
The Source of thought
Is truth and love and light--
Revealed in prophets' burning words
And Spirit's unseen work.
The scholars mock.
The kings feign faith
While children cherish truth.


...they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” 
And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”
(Matthew 21:16 ESV)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Lord's Table


As we gather at your table,
Here to eat the feast you've spread,
Lord, we know that you are able
To give more than wine and bread.

Wine and bread give strength and pleasure
And are signs both sure and true,
But we seek a richer treasure:
Fellowship, our Lord, with you.

We don't understand the fullness
Of your work within this act,
But obey you in our dullness
And--pure grace! You come in fact.

Laser grace--our eyes corrected,
Here we look and live, are new.
Pierced by love, by truth inspected,
Sin sliced off, we're one in You.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:23-25 ESV)

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

My Whole Goal


Here's my whole goal--
No, his for me:
A no to self,
A yes to Christ...
A daily death
To what I want...
A path to walk
Where Jesus walked...
My life to lose,
His life to gain...
Yes, this is all,
More than enough.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

You Have Set Your Love Upon Us

From Blog13

You have set your love upon us
And called us by your grace.
You've redeemed and sanctified us
That we may see your face.

We're released from condemnation.
Christ's blood has set us free.
So we live in expectation
Of mercies yet to be.

This is nothing we have purchased.
We haven't earned one thing
Of all the ways you've blessed us,
Of all the grace you bring.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, 
much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
(Romans 5:9 ESV)

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Imaginative God

From Patterns

God of patterns, plaids and stripes,
Maker of the sky Who wipes
Sunset glory wide across
All our world, Who makes waves roll,
Who invented feathers fine
And devised each twining vine,
Glory to You! Highest praise
For Your all-creative ways!

It is he who made the earth by his power,
      who established the world by his wisdom,
      and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

(Jeremiah 10:12 ESV)
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