Thursday, September 22, 2016

Work


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.
Amen.

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)