Sunday, June 17, 2018

7/1/18 Through 7/7/18

7/1/18 Through 7/7/18

Death has no power anymore
And I have noticed furthermore
That when Christ came to conquer sin
He did so from His power within.

No sword or weapon did He wield
But sick and dying ones He healed
And shared His life with all who came
To see the man of healing fame.

When He, at last, did blood let flow
And up to Calvary did go
There and then the great I AM
Became our sacrificial lamb

That our flow of blood may cease
And evermore our love increase
Abundance found within our need
The sinner saved and captive freed.

Woe to you who never thinks of God
Who ponders not, nor mighty deeds applaud
All that moves does by His hand
Yet you refuse to honor His command?!

Consider this, oh wretched one
The swift of foot no longer run
The warriors and weapons too
That day will be no use for you.

Crushed as bugs upon the ground
Shamed and naked, sinners found
No escape that dreadful day
How ominous, the debt to pay!

Do not persist in unbelief
For there the soul finds no relief
The unbelieving come to see
Desires but futility

A pleasure found, but never gained
The joyful promise only feigned
The fleeting pleasure gone and then
They try another way again

A masturbation of the soul
That keeps them from becoming whole
Perpetuated lies of sin
That keep the Lord from coming in

Will they never learn to try
The word of God, and then apply
His rule of sacrificial love
To find their place with Him above?

Recognize His blessing here
Cower not in shame and fear
This nation blest by His command
His touch upon our fertile land

No other place on earth to find
So many different roots entwined
That come by land or ocean foam
To call this land of freedom home

To live in peace, as many, one
Enjoying land that freedom won
But lest we lose this precious gift,
Away from God we mustn't drift.

Why do we harbor evil thoughts?
Why do we judge, when we ought not?
Rejoice in the healing of paralyzed men
For God showers blessing again and again.

For Bob Gutekunst, paralyzed from the neck down by a fall last November.

Alone and trapped in broken shell
With little hope for getting well
A mind as clear as cloudless morn
Picks up again this heavy thorn

So humbled by this heavy load
Unwanted, yet on him bestowed
Accepted as his cross to bear
His time to be immersed in prayer.

Send not Your threatened famine Lord
Such punishment we can't afford
Without Your word, the source of light
Our world be cast in darkest night.

Sticky throat, or hunger gnawing
Better than Your word withdrawing.
Plunged in darkness we can't see,
How gravely we've offended Thee.

But if You shine the light of day
And clearly show the better way
Perhaps repentance will ensue
And wayward souls return to You?

Rejoice within his company
And fast when far away
For those who do will clearly see,
The black and white of grey.

First recognize the One you seek
Is here before your eyes.
Just listen to the Master speak
And then, Him recognize.

In time you will no longer see 
The groom here every day.
But fast and know He'll always be
Attentive when you pray

Sunday, June 10, 2018

6/24/18 Through 6/30/18

6/24/18 Through 6/30/18

How wonderfully dear Lord You made
Each soul in all the world arrayed
No hair un-numbered by the King
Who teaches how to laugh and sing.

Within the darkness of the womb
An endless life begins to bloom
A soul eternal You infused
A will with freedom yet unused.

Lord, open eyes to clearly see
This gift is for eternity
And we have not the right of thieves
To end a life Your will conceives.

As if through microscope we see
Each splinter with such clarity
But satisfied in self-esteem
We fail to recognize the beam.

The measure we have measured out
Becomes the way we're thought about.
For stiff-necked folks it's time to learn
That our own faults we must discern.

Do unto others as you would have do.
The meaning far-reaching, but words are so few.
The rule that is golden, is simple, but true.
If we would but try it, the world would renew.

In nearly every house around
Some word of His could there be found.
A treasure there in every home, 
But tucked away and left alone.

Set on a table looking fine
But somehow never cracked the spine.
Or on the shelf collecting dust
And never there the Word discussed.

To boost a seat or block a door
Not what the Word was given for
To change a heart and open eyes
And lift the evil one's disguise.

Complaicency and laziness,
An atmosphere of craziness,
Are ways "Old Stinky" tries to use
To make us all this Word refuse.

A treasure there beneath your nose.
Just open it and then expose
The Word of Him who made all things,
Who unto us salvation brings.

A choice you make to let it go
And never His great love to know.
Or pick it up and there behold,
The greatest story ever told!

To act upon the word we hear
Is how, we to, the Lord draw near.
It's how we stand the storms of time
And how, we heaven's ladder climb.

It's how we build upon the rock, 
And floods of evil, firmly block.
So listen well and recognize
To serve His will, becomes the prize.

For who knows better what we need,
Than Him who made both bloom and seed?
The One who fashioned us from clay,
The Lord of lords, to whom we pray!

Beaten or flogged, shipwrecked, or stoned,
Nothing could shake the faith these two owned.
Chains could not hold their zeal for the word,
Unless every creature already had heard.

On fire with love as not before seen.
Though bruised and all bloody, their faces would gleam.
Both Peter and Paul given highest renown,
On the day they were fitted with their martyr's crown..

What's rotten must be torn away
And utterly destroyed.
Again, we must learn how to pray,
And let God fill our void.

He will not build upon a base
Of sand or rotten wood.
He clears to find the solid rock,
As every builder should.

That rock is pure humility
In how we turn to pray.
A posture of servility
And zeal to Him obey.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

6/17/18 Through 6/23/18

6/17/18 Through 6/23/18

This tender shoot, this mustard seed
The Lord provides their every need
Sufficient light and gentle rain
His love aright in spite of pain

By parable He shows the way
That speaks to us and molds the clay
Outstanding draft, commanding height
His chosen craft to shine the light

Each story brings a message clear
That otherwise we wouldn't hear
And every time we ponder well
His love sublime, within will dwell.

Your way, it seems so strange to me
That I should let the evil be
And not resist its clear advance, 
But take a simply passive stance.

I want my justice here and now
I want to make things right somehow
I can't sit back and let them win,
I have to work and conquer sin!

But who then, comes to conquer me
When I, so righteous, pose to be?
Who puts me in my proper place
Of rightful shame and due disgrace?

For only You are righteous Lord
And only You can judge this hoard
Perhaps if I would not defend
There'd be less judgment on my end.

Perhaps allowing anger spent,
In shame the evil would repent.
Perhaps in giving all I own
Much clearer I would make You known.

Elijah loved enough to say
You're following an evil way
Revealing to the wayward one
The wickedness that he had done.

Our love must too, run deep enough
That those in danger we rebuff
And lead in all humility
That they might see with clarity.

Seeing what Elijah had 
Elisha went all in
He wanted not some cloak to clad
A chilly mortal skin.

But a spirit strong and bold
A double portion too
Far greater gift than finest gold
Far better to accrue.

Attune you ears to hear His voice
Amidst the gentle breeze
Tune out the loud distracting noise,
And listen if you please.

Then you'll receive your daily bread
Conversing with the Lord,
And find yourself to be well fed
With mercy there outpoured.

Forgiveness found as you forgive
In shame admitting guilt
In love the way we need to live
So harmony is built.

How foolish one who treasures
This transitory state. 
With rust and mold who measures
The things considered great.

For in this world of entropy
Where all decays in time
You'd think, of course, that we would see
A better path to climb.

But narrow is that better way
And rocky is that road
Much easier to go astray
And kick against the goad.

One thing alone remains at last
When all has passed away
No rust or mold could e're surpass
The gift of love each day

So don't be fooled by glittering 
Of temporary gain.
Love's steady glow a better thing
But comes not without pain.

Each day I ask a little more
And He responds in time
Not knowing what He has in store
With each new little rhyme.

A trust to give the daily bread
I need so desperately
Each time I find that I am fed,
But how's a mystery

The One who knows all that I need
Says, worry, cast away.
Just listen well and I will feed
Your spirit every day.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

6/10/18 Through 6/16/18

6/10/18 Through 6/16/18

Deep within we long for that
Which time will never change
We want far more than idle chat
Or something to exchange

We look for lasting peace and joy
No transitory bliss
A peace no power can destroy
Or happening dismiss

A glory in eternity
Where we are called His kin
No better place that one could be
Than Father's house within.

How truly bless-ed are the meek
Un-faded by the storm
For what the world may say is weak
Will simply not conform

The truth they know and hold it fast
In spite of storms that come
They know what will forever last
And who will bring them home.

May I forget my own desires
And quickly do what love requires
For love abandons selfishness
To aid the one who's in distress.

True love will love the greater thing
And not the pleasures lust can bring.
A heart with such a love so rare
Will bring our Savior everywhere.

How have we drifted so far away
To follow what so many people say,
Abandoning One who is faithful and true
To follow the crowd, and do what they do?

Why would a nation, blest as they are
Depart from the way that has blest them so far?
Sin is the answer that causes the drift,
Sin has created a tectonic shift.

No longer we see with the clearest of eyes
Fooled by the mask of sinful disguise
Truth becomes blurred by logic of fools
Then pride makes the lot as stubborn as mules

We need an Elijah to come in our day
To speak with all boldness and show us the way
To slay the false prophets with words from above
And lead us again in the way of His love.

Help me to be a man of prayer
And show your love no matter where
Help me to listen when You speak
And show the way to those who seek.

In humble faith, Elijah's prayer
It seems was answered without care
For all his worry clear expressed
And offered not, him any rest

But called him yet to still obey
And in the silence there to pray
Then bid him, go, and then anoint
Successors whom I now appoint

To do Your will is my delight
For in Your will is joy and light
And following that simple way
Will lead me to a brighter day

So cast Your cloak of love on me
That now at last, I clearly see.
How only when I do Your will
Does happiness in me instill.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fr. Jacob Willig

Father Jacob Willig
May 19, 2018

On you, this day, is placed the stole
Forever marked, as priest, your soul.
No more an ordinary man
But one anointed for His plan.

Be brave and follow His commands,
No matter what a “yes” demands.
For all belongs to Him who made
The earth and all the stars arrayed

No cost too great for Him who gave
His only Son, for man to save.
To Him a “yes” is always best.
He’ll grant the grace for every test.

A shepherd you are called to be
To face the wolf, and never flee,
To lead the flock to sweet repose
Wherein the living water flows.

We’ll offer prayer for you each day
That God, through you, would light the way.
And bring to Him a faithful throng
To heaven’s gate where they belong.

6/3/18 Through 6/9/18

6/3/18 Through 6/9/18

                                       Sunday  (sing to Stabat Mater)
In the bread and in the wine
Blood and body of divine
Christ our Savior we behold

Falling manna, precious tide
Blood and water from His side
Ancient story now retold

Only those that thus believe
Can become what they receive
Earthen vessels filled with gold

Living tabernacles make us
Unto new dimensions take us
Nothing does our God withhold

Fully fed and satisfied
By our Christ they crucified
Every captive now set free

Risen now and glorified
Seated at the Father's side
Spirit opens eyes to see

I thank You Lord for every grace
For each abandoned sin
You lead me to a better place
Where I, salvation win.

So many sins I did not know
Were leading me astray
For pleasure, and for pride although
They kept me far away

One by one You showed me why
My actions needed change
Why love for You could not deny
The need to rearrange

So many still, are found in me
That make the progress slow
I still have need to be set free,
That I may further grow.

Attachments long ingrained within
A harmful choice can be
For every seeming "little" sin
Keeps me away from Thee.

Teach me in Your school of love
Progressing every day
To daily grow in knowledge of
Just how I turn away.

To exercise some self-control
Enduring to the end
Devoted deep within my soul
To righteousness defend.

That swelling in affection for
My gracious Lord above,
I fill my life forevermore
With His enduring love.

Hasten the day of His coming
When fire consumes all that is
With faith every soul is becoming
Devoted, and totally His.

For wicked, a day of great terror
They thought that they never would see
For those that refuted their error
The time of the great victory.

Through ignorance we run astray
And work to make our separate way
Bemused we wander unaware
Upon the serpent's deadly lair.

We start believing stupid things
Self-centeredness and boasting brings
We see the narrow way for fools
And nothing more than silly rules

But we must see the writing clear
And learn at last, the God to fear
He gives to us the grace to know
If we, but to the scriptures go

We find in nearly every line
Refreshment from this holy vine
And if we act on what we read,
On milk and honey we shall feed.

To teach, at first, we well must learn
How rightly to, His word, discern.
And take to heart what He's revealed
Illuminating that concealed

Remove the plank and then we see
How well the word was meant for me.
The Truth will never lead astray,
But guide us on the narrow way.

Great sign of love, the Sacred Heart
To man, abundant grace impart
Contained within this holy sign
The greatest depth of love sublime.

As spring awakens plants and trees
The eye that's opened clearly sees
His justice and His praise abound
Wherever docile souls are found

A heart immaculate conceived
A heart inflamed by grace received
A heart to mother all mankind
A heart in which true peace we find

Sunday, May 13, 2018

5/27/18 Through 6/2/18

5/27/18 Through 6/2/18

The Trinity I can't explain
But this I see quite clear and plain
There's truth in what the Savior said
And I believe it, every shred

Though separate from each other, one
Are both the Father and the Son
The Spirit too, is one in three
And further yet, confuses me

Yet I have met each one of these
In bread and wine or gentle breeze
In fire of love or babble sound
In truth, the Trinity, I've found

My simple mind cannot explain
But this I know quite clear and plain
God's love for man does far transcend
The place where mortal sketches end.

Is that really who I am,
A weak and faithless kind of man?
Or would I answer ready then
If I but heard His call again?

A mind so occupied by gain
Is like a mind that's bound in chain
Unable to, in love, reply
When ere the Savior passes by.

I may be last, but let me in
My pride and all my selfish sin
Have placed me at the back of line
But let forgiveness still be mine.

To drink of the cup that He drinks
Is easy, the foolish one thinks
In time he will try, and in danger, he'll fly
And see how his love really stinks

To drink of the cup that He drinks
I can do, he says as he winks
But faced with the pain, he abandons the gain
And quietly off, then he slinks.

In His presence dance for joy
All your talents then employ
Proclaim His greatness to the sky
No more need for poor to cry

He clearly shows it's not the end
If we, on earth, on Him, depend
For love outlives the earth and sky
And He was love, they can't deny

No concept of the power He gave
This One who came to sinner save
No concept of the glory due
When in His house, just passing through

Pray with faith and find it yours
Have no doubt that love endures
Drive away the base desire
Fill your heart with zealous fire

A parched and barren land that thirsts
A sacred heart, with lance, that bursts
The blood and water flowing tide
A cleansing love, to man provide

Thirst of man in love assuaged
Evil now, much more enraged
Their every scheme to quell the word
Results that far more souls have heard.

Monday, May 7, 2018

5/20/18 Through 5/26/18

5/20/18 Through 5/26/18

Great wind of love blow through our home
Our twisted selfishness please comb
Let love drive out all base desire
And fill us with Your holy fire

For love can cure our every ill
By following the Father's will
So cure the sick and save the lost
By filling us this Pentecost

Lord, of these demons, free our land
Teach us to love as You had planned
May faithful Christians fast and pray
To drive this evil far away

Each little vice we welcome in
Will pave the way for greater sin
Till then one day we look around 
And wickedness is all that's found

But wisdom and humility
Bring forth abundant fruit for Thee
In peaceful self-control we find
The fruits of righteousness are mined

Humbly trust in providence
Let love become your recompense
Seek not the prize of worldly gain
But break the links of selfish chain

Become a servant for them all
And answer well the greatness call
Be childlike and trust His care
Than find He answers every prayer

My daily bread is all I ask
To strip away this phony mask
That vainly says I'm in comand
Yet knowing not what You have planned

From my earliest days of youth
I've tried to make my plans and truth
Now looking back I clearly see
Futility in trusting me

We drag around our useless fat
Corroded gold and silver that
We've spent our days amassing so
Prosperity and ease we'd know

But oh, how useless all of this
These monuments to our remiss
In our defense they hold no sway
Upon the fateful judgement day

Persevere in loving one
You chose so long ago
What benefit in having fun
With one you do not know?

For history well has honored those
Who persevere in strife
And Jesus in His teaching shows
Commitments are for life

The joy you found in years gone by 
Will prove as just the start
When two, in love, both laugh and cry
And never grow apart

The key is never saying no
To love's increased demand
But learning how to give and grow
As our Creator planned

Let the children come to me
Those innocent and pure
What joy if all would come to be
So confident and sure

Without the shades of doubt they learn
From years of sinful ways
And knowing they could never earn
A life of endless days

Sunday, April 29, 2018

5/13/18 Through 5/19/18

5/13/18 Through 5/19/18

Hated for My word received
Blest because they have believed
Though living in a world of wrong
Protected 'cause they don't belong

Consecrate in truth the ones
That chose to be the Father's sons
Give them unity in love
Reflective of our bond above.

For silver coins a love betrayed
Despairing once the deal was made
Another chosen in his place
Matthias, man of humble grace

Remain in Him no matter what
For Mercy's door is never shut
Then  follow well His every word
And spread to all what you have heard.

Go in peace, a job well done
Good news passed on about the Son
A conscience clear, you've shown the way
In love, you did, the word convey

It's up to those you leave behind
To seek, and then, His will to find
To follow in the way He shows
Till each and every child knows

May Your word of truth inspire
Spark a flame of holy fire
Illumine where the mind is dim
Help us to see our God in Him

The world and flesh will try to say
Come walk within their wider way
But where it leads is to a snare
To catch the foolish unaware

The way of truth will lead you there
Within the Shepherd's constant care
To where the verdant pastures grow
To where the one true God you'll know

In unity the Spirit dwells
This unity a story tells
A final prayer that we be one
Was uttered by the Father's Son

For He knows well the enemy
Divides to conquer us you see
And where Diablo has his way
Humility will hold no sway

So heal divisions long since torn
In humble hearts, let Christ be born
Let us reflect in unity
Our God, the Holy Trinity

Although immersed in doubt and fear
The call to follow made quite clear
A call to love when on the cross
And count all other gain as loss

I wish I had, oh Lord, such strength
To love another to such length
But I am weak, and often fall
And fail to answer when You call

So trust and put your faith in Me
Then let My Spirit set you free
For I provide the strength you need
With every cross to sow the seed

No chain can bind the mighty word
No darkness make this vision blurred
His eyes that penetrate the heart
The greatest love, to man, impart

To each He beckons, "Follow Me"
The doubtful told, "Now look and see"
It's true that love has conquered death
Now spread the word with every breath

Sunday, April 22, 2018

5/6/18 Through 5/12/18

5/6/18 Through 5/12/18

Love conquers all the world's ill
When faithful friends obey His will
A burden shared, a bond is formed
A heavy load, by, love transformed

No selfish lust for sordid gain
Just willingness to share the pain
A ready hand for those in need
No trace of avarice or greed

Fulfilling all of His commands
The grace from holy love expands
Creating there a perfect scene
Of beauty that no eye has seen.

Discouraged far too easily
We mustn't let the devil see
Us try our best to testify
Without the help of God on high

For only with His Advocate
Can words of our then cultivate
The ground of stony hearts to sow
The seed of love, and watch it grow

They could not bear to let Him go
The King of Kings they'd come to know
For mortal minds could not conceive
The greater gift they would receive

Spirit, wise and understanding
Fire of love, forever branding
Sins forgiven, boldness granted
Every word, a new seed planted

Never must we grab and hold things
But to get, we give away things
Eye has not seen, nor ear has heard
Love greater than on us conferred

Far more there is for you to know
But not until you further grow
The Spirit that I send to you
Will lead you in what things you do

Reminding of what words You said
And drawing in the way You led
Then as you follow you'll expand 
And things once hidden, understand

For either pauper or the Pope
There's always room and always hope
To further grow in selfless love
And knowledge of the Lord above

To only speak of Christ the Lord
And crucified He be
The very blood of God outpoured
To rescue you and me

No time to waste with idle talk
Of politics or sport
It's time to take the faithful walk
Because our life is short

Fear not the trials that come your way
Heed not the words the evil say
Endure with patience every blow
Put trust in Him you've come to know

For you will weep, while they rejoice
But yours will prove the better choice
Then all will see that fateful day
That love has proved the better way

Ask in My name and you shall receive
But know at the start that you must believe
I came from the Father and soon shall return
Great signs I have shown, so that you may learn

Love is the answer to all of your ill
So ask and receive, when you follow His will
See my example, how I fully give
And know it's the way, that He calls you to live.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

4/29/18 Through 5/5/18

4/29/18 Through 5/5/18

A branch without the vine will die
And fire awaits the parched and dry
For that which bears no fruit is pruned
And that which does is further tuned

The Advocate will guide our way
Throughout the course of everyday
Revealing when it's time to speak
And comforting the poor and weak

Despite distractions everywhere 
He guides us with His loving care
To see in all the Father's hand
And follow well, His each command

So listen to the still small voice
When e're you need to make a choice
And know the meek and humble way
Will lead you to eternal day

St.  Joseph did as he was told
In every time and place
He cared not for the love of gold
But for one filled with grace

Obedience and trust he showed
When challenged, he believed
By grace, on Mary, was bestowed
The child she conceived

Protector of the family
He worked in quiet peace
That men of every age could see
This manhood masterpiece.

Where are the grapes from work of mine
When not connected to the Vine?
With many leaves, but lacking fruit
From all my selfish, ill pursuit

How plain it is for you to see
That I'm in He, and He in Me
Two separate, but in essence one
Both God the Father and the Son

The way, the truth, and life for you
The guide for everything you do
If you believe and ask of Me
These works, and greater things you'll see.

Love by far, the greatest portion
Jesus taught without distortion
Furthermore, our fine Exemplar
Showed to all what life was meant for

Loving all without reserve
Giving what they don't deserve
Putting all in front of Me
Responding in humility

A way that's hard to understand
And harder yet to do as planned
But weak, and feeble, docile souls
By grace, attain their lofty goals

Growing daily in the Lord
In hope to find that great reward
We hunger for the daily bread
His word, on which the babes are fed

But know for sure that trial awaits
And when it comes it demonstrates
My followers will be like Me
Though persecuted, always free.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

4/22/18 Through 4/28/18

4/22/18 Through 4/28/18

Good Shepherd lead Your sheep today
Make us to follow in Your way
Give us Your valley lands replete
With good and juicy things to eat

Make us see and understand
That happiness is in Your land
Give us a heart that then decides
No other way than Yours provides

Who is this man who calms the sea
And still has time to care for me?
Who leads me where lush grasses grow
And where the streams of water flow?

No one before has come like He
A Shepherd for the sheep like me
One whose voice we recognize
One on a cross, for us, who dies

How much plainer can I be, 
Than all the holy works you see
The lame can walk, the blind can see
But yet you don't believe in Me

The heart of proud and sinful men
Can see my works and turn again
To willful blindness dark as night
Refusing to acknowledge light

You know the truth and still you say
Give us some proof, You are the way
No proof can satisfy the man
Whose pride obstructs the Father's plan

Be sober and vigilant, loving the Lord
For strength and approval will be your reward
Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around
To see if one weak or infirmed can be found

Resist him in faith that is steadfast and strong
Refusing to do any deed that is wrong
Your brothers and sisters have all done as much
And found great reward in God's loving touch

The humble exalted, the haughty brought low
His favor upon all the meek He'll bestow
We suffer a little to win the reward
Of life everlasting, with graces outpoured

He told us plainly in advance
Of all that He would do
But we would hear, and look askance
For such we never knew

To suffer death and rise again
We could not understand
But after it had happened then
We saw what He had planned

If you wish to know the way
Listen well to what I say
Then act upon the word you hear
And let my Father draw you near

For in His house are many rooms
And that is where love fully blooms
Through me you find your dwelling place
Within the Father's warm embrace

Proclaim the word both loud and clear
No matter some refuse to hear
And shake the dust from whence you came
If they refuse to hear My name

For though you may get quite annoyed
My word shall not return as void
It waters still the hardened clod
When you proclaim the word of God

And if a heart is seeking truth
My word shall come as to the youth
The greatest story ever told
A priceless one worth more than gold

Saturday, March 31, 2018

4/15/18 Through 4/21/18

4/15/18 Through 4/21/18

Be not afraid, but now believe
I'm in the flesh as you perceive
I've truly risen as I said
Though crucified, no longer dead

For this is how it had to be
That every man might come to see
A time of joy will now begin
For love has victory over sin

Peace amidst tremendous trial
Comes from knowing Him awhile
Seeing how His will provides
No matter where the Spirit guides

So why then, do I worry still
If I wish to, His word fulfill?
It's only 'cause my pride creeps in
To say I can't rely on Him

But I should know from many ways
That He has rescued in my days
And how His way proves better still
Than every time I choose my will

What sign can You give to make us believe?
What sign can give stone the sense to perceive?
There's far more than just a great prophet here
You now have the wrath of Almighty to fear

When given so plainly to you everyday
In language of love, you reject what I say
But eat of this manna and hunger no more
Then taste of the sweetness that God has in store

Believe in Him, What does it mean?
Just that we follow some routine?
Or is it more than outward sign,
And just a hollow claim of mine?

It must be something fresh and real
That fosters diligence and zeal
By bearing fruit we prove to be
Believers that we claim to be

Let me Lord, a Philip be
That I may lead some more to Thee
Let me shine the light onYou
So others see the works You do

That they may come to love Your word
And learn to act on what is heard
Then build their house on solid rock
And know You'll answer when they knock

May the scales just fall away
That I might see the light of day
May my ears be tuned to hear
Your every word as loud and clear

May I be Your ready slave
Proclaiming every gift You gave
Changed forever by Your touch
Well prepared to suffer much

These famous words we've come to know
Peter's "Lord, to whom shall we go?"
For even when the teaching's hard
We trust Your word as light and guard

As often we don't understand
The varied ways that You have planned
But often come to comprehend
How much Your way, from ours, transcend

So we have come to trust Your way
No matter what the others say
And confidently follow Thee
Even to that dreadful tree

Sunday, March 25, 2018

4/8/18 Through 4/14/18

4/8/18 Through 4/14/18

On this day of mercy find
Compassion of a different kind
One here since ever time began
One who for love, became a man

He calls us to explore His hands
And then to know what love commands
To probe His flowing open side
And know for sure that He once died

And yet before us now alive
That we'd believe and so would thrive
Then pass along the faith to those
That from our Lord great mercy flows

What a way to save the nation
Through the gift of incarnation
God takes on the flesh of man
To help the human understand

How humbly there in Bethlehem
He showed His depth of love for them
And greater still upon the tree
How much He truly cares for thee.

The Son of Man be lifted high
In everything we do
May we prefer that we should die
Than turn our backs on You

May we forego all earthly gain
To serve our fellow man
May we endure whatever pain
And do all that we can

Before us keep at every glance
The serpent lifted high
Repent of sin at every chance
Of Christ, be never shy

We too will try to lock away
His word, so we may have our way
Far more appealing when our rules
Become the law to lead the fools

But truth cannot be bound in chain
And truth endures whatever pain
To speak with clarity and zeal
The word that man cannot conceal

One from above, above all is One
An obedient, holy and righteous, Son
The source of the fullness of which we all seek
Without whom all life would be dreary and bleak

But, oh what a shame, we so often refuse
The love that He has, and our selfishness choose
For it leads but to emptiness, dark, and despair
When life so much different, is offered to share

Five loaves and two fish, a paltry sum
But with His blessing they become
Enough to feed a multitude
And fill them with this holy food

We hunger for His offering
And seek to crown Him as our King
But He retreats to lonely hill
For such is not the Father's will

Lord come into the boat with me.
Just how I struggle, can't You see?
I try so hard to row towards you 
But self creeps in to all I do

When ere I try to row alone
It makes my weakness clearly shown
My strength is not enough for me
against the wind and stormy sea