Saturday, February 25, 2017

Prayer in Life's Storm



God of all thunder,
God of all grace,
We bow in wonder
And seek your face.

Our prayers ascending
(Broken but true)
Meet grace unending
Pouring from you.

We claim no merit
From what we've done.
We just inherit
Life through your Son.

God of all thunder,
God of all grace,
We bow in wonder
And seek your face.

Even when I go through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger, 
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff ​— ​they comfort me.
--Psalm 23:4 CSB

Saturday, February 18, 2017

God Gives Life



Hallelujah! God gives life.
The great LORD... reaches down,
Reaches in to change a man--
Bringing life where death once reigned.
He will use the word we preach.
Some will change--their wills renewed,
They will trust the living Christ--
Jesus, Master, Savior, Lord.

In him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. 
--John 1:4

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Late-Winter Morning




Blackbirds trilling in the trees
On this chill late-winter day
Soon will northward wing their way
Through a brisk but warmer breeze.

Spring will come as sure as day.
Other birds will fill our trees,
But today the blackbirds please
As they make our day less gray.

​I know all the birds of the hills,
    and all that moves in the field is mine.

--The Lord, in Psalm 50:11

I wrote the poem a week or two ago. I always enjoy hearing or seeing the red-winged blackbirds as they migrate through our area. They were summer residents in western Illinois, where I spent much of my youth.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Someday


Someday we'll have streets of gold 
And stay healthy, not grow old
Never scorching, never cold 
In the new Jerusalem

Someday we'll live in the light
No more clouding of our sight
Always daylight, never night
In the new Jerusalem

Not abandoned, not alone
We'll see Christ there on his throne
Full of grace for all his own
In the new Jerusalem

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God... (Revelation 21:10 ESV)