Sunday, April 23, 2017

4-30-17 Through 5/6/17

4-30-17 Through 5/6/17

Open Lord Your word to me
Reveal the things that I can't see
Upon these pages here of Thine
Allow Your rays of light to shine

Then cause my heart to burn within
And keep me far away from sin
I'll savor every word You said
And daily come receive the bread

Intently Stephen looked upon
The face of Christ in land beyond
Not cursing them in painful groans
But blessing those who threw the stones

Angelically his face appeared
No pain or torture then was feared
For in that time he fixed his eyes
On Jesus Christ his faithful prize

May I consume the daily bread
Your very flesh on which I'm fed
True manna, heavens greatest sign
God's one and only Son divine

To ask within His holy name
He promises receipt
Our lack is not on him to blame
But on our own deceit

For what we ask indulges that
Which leads us far astray
It's nothing more than idle chat
To help us on our way

Come down from heaven holy bread
On which the faithful all are fed
The Bread of Life for all to eat
Our strength on earth to sin defeat

The light of Christ around him shone
But voice was heard by him alone
See how blind you've come to be?
The one you persecute is Me

Now go into the city where
My messenger will find you there
And tell you all that you must do
As what the lord commands of you

Then after three days fasting spent
A man named Ananias sent
The scales removed, his sight restored
And now the Son of God adored

Who can accept these words you speak
Perhaps another one we seek
Returning to their former way
So many souls have gone astray

Nowhere to go that I can see
I never wish to part from Thee
Although I may not understand
I  trust in what my Lord has planned

Sunday, April 16, 2017

4/23/17 Through 4/29/17

4/23/17 Through 4/29/17

Doubt no longer but believe
The grace for faith now all receive
But some reject it out of pride
And thus begin a downward slide

Lord, look at our society
How they despise our faith in Thee
They think that they can make the rules
But show themselves no more than fools

Help us boldly to proclaim
The strength and power of Jesus' name
May our daily sacrifice
In them, a longing, there entice.

That those we meet might come to know
The Holy Spirit You bestow
Then born again from up above
Our culture turn to one of love

Forever of Your goodness
And praises I will sing
Forever is Your kindness
Oh good and gracious King

The sky proclaims Your wonder
For none like You exist
Your voice a mighty thunder
Youe breath a gentle mist

No prison now can hold the word
With vision now no longer blurred
The Son of God became a man
To rescue us from Satan's plan

By giving of Himself complete
The power of sin did He defeat
And cast away the darkest night
By bringing everlasting light

Witnesses of righteousness
He came for those who will confess
the obstinent who hide the sin
May never His salvation win

For all have sinned and crucified
The Son of God who bled and died
It seemed as such a tragedy
But truly it has set us free

Would I be glad to suffer now
for witnessing to Him
Could I be strong and thus allow
My pride to now grow dim?

Or would I cower in the face
Of ridicule and scorn
With shame of my rejected grace
Awake to rue the morn?

Out on the sea alone, afraid
Against the wind they rowed and prayed
Then on the water drawing near
They heard, "It's I, no need to fear."

Then as they turned to look around
Behold, the yonder shore was found
Within an instant fear was gone
And Christ alone relied upon

How many times in every life
We feel afraid amid the strife
But if we look in spite of fear
We too can see, the Lord is near.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

4/16/17 Through 4/22/17

4/16/17 Through 4/22/17

Early in the morning
They rose to see the tomb.
Disciples all still huddled
Within the upper room.

When lo from in the heavens
There came a holy light
That shook the earth around them
And filled the guards with fright

Behold the Son is risen
No more among the dead
While women were conversing
The guards stood as if dead

Go tell to His disciples
To Galilee He goes
For now and all eternity
The font of Mercy flows

A tidy sum may quell the word
For them to play their game
When resurrected Christ is heard
Their story comes up lame

The truth a clarion to call
The poor, lame, and oppressed
His saving grace goes out to all
If sins are now confessed

Dear Mary called the Magdalene
Recalled to all where she had been
And that she saw in risen flesh
The Lord upon the morning fresh

Oh let me see with morning dew
The face of all I meet as You
And somehow come to understand
The love You have for every man

With blatant root of jealousy
The Pharisee and Saducee
 Condemned to death the righteous one
And crucified God's only Son

But now upon the third day hence
Some women from our group dispense
A word of angels sitting there
But not a body anywhere

How slow we are to see His hand
To grasp His way and understand
But when we break the holy bread
Somehow our hunger there is fed

He waited there upon the shore
With breakfast and a whole lot more
The catch of fish was great this time
But from now on, it's souls they find

In privilidge I was raised with these
The Pharisees and Saducees
The law I know in great detail
It can't be wrong.  It cannot fail!

So how then can these lowly ones
Declare themselves adopted sons
And make the crippled man to walk
Ther must be something to their talk.

Doubt no longer, but believe
The grace for faith now all receive
But some reject it out of pride
And thus begin a downward slide.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

4/9/17 Through 4/15/17

4/9/17 Through 4/15/17

Palm Sunday
Shepherd struck and sheep all scattered
Holy face all beat and battered
Gone the loyalty once promised
Now fulfilled the words of psalmist

Hanging there upon the wood 
His mother there beneath Him stood
She watched as every drop of blood 
Became a tide of mercy's flood

His body drained of all its life
Our pure and holy sacrifice
Now Jesus, in the tomb, was laid
The price of all our sins was paid.

The chosen one who comes to us
Comes not to shout or make a fuss
He comes to heal the broken reed
He comes to sow His precious seed

That formed and nourished by His hand
We learn to follow each command
Becoming light to help men see
And setting all the captives free

Let me sing of Your salvation
Let me be a light to nations
You my rock and fortress be
Rescue and deliver me

In my weakness, be my strength
Help me love to greater length
Let my mouth declare Your praise
Let my soul Your anthem raise.

The unprepared disciples hear
My appointed time draws near
But only one will travel near
While the rest will flee in fear

Am I prepared to meet the day
That surely comes my way
Have I learned to love and pray
My blessed Savior's way?

Anticipation in the air
A somber mood is everywhere
The expectation He is King
But puzzled by His offering
To wash the feet of lowly ones
And make of them His Father's sons

Betrayal by a chosen friend
That leads to such a bitter end
And yet a heart intent to serve
The lowly ones who least deserve
Who can this be with such great love
But God's own Son from up above

Lord let me find in You the way
To serve the ones I meet today
To strip away my foolish pride
And lift a basin to my side
Then wash the feet of those in need
And learn from You to love indeed

Good Friday
How good this day Christ died for me!
When I knew not, I wasn't free
When I assumed my way was right
Because I held the power or might

How good it was for every blow
To wake me up that I would know
The depth of love He held within
For one so mired deep in sin

How good the thorns upon His brow
To take the pain of broken vow
And nails that pierce His hands and feet
For avarice and ill conceit

And oh, how good that precious tide
To wash away my sinful pride
The parched and painful burning thirst
Of love that saves a sinner cursed!

Holy Saturday
Ridiculed and crucified
Upon the cross the Savior died
He came from Mary's virgin womb
But now He lies within the tomb

No joy this day of sabbath rest
While faith endures this emptiness
No more Messiah spoken of
They crucified the man of love.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

4/2/17 Through 4/8/17

4/2/17 Through 4/8/17

This water satisfies our thirst
But only for awhile
It's only when we place Him first
We learn to live in style

How hasty we can judge and then
The one like us we just condemn
We see so clear the other's fault
And yet our own we fail to halt

Refusing then to turn our eye
Toward God and let Him purify
We set our sights on earthly gain
Just strengthening the sinful chain

But love can break that sinful chain
By sharing in our Savior's pain
Forgiving those who cause us harm
And thus the evil one disarm

Lift high love's banner, high the cross
What many thought a shameful loss
His death the great catastrophe
Has now become our victory

What three within the furnace found
Was cool and pleasant air around
For God remembered righteous deeds
And made of them His faithful seeds

That they would show the wicked king
What faith and trust in God would bring
And free him from his pagan fraud
To worship now the one true God

Great news to share, but few will hear
Redemption's time is drawing near
Now we must recognize the Lord
And hearken to His every word

His words are difficult, I know
But by His word our hearts will grow
If we obey we'll understand
And then we'll find the Promised Land.

Discredit them in any way
We'll bend and twist the words they say
The prophets and the Son of Man
Disrupted propaganda's plan.

For when, in love, the truth is told
It has more weight than loud and bold
Do not grow weary in the fight
Let love become your greatest might

For enemies were not condemned
But loved by Christ to bitter end
When on the cross, His prayer to you:
"Forgive them for the things they do."

Is it not better that one man
According to their wicked plan
Die in place of all the nation
Suffering humiliation?

Prophetic words unknown back then
Were leading to the great amen
When Christ would say "Thy will be done"
And let them crucify God's Son.

Monday, March 20, 2017

3/26/17 through 4/1/17

3/26/17 through 4/1/17

So oft we judge by what we see 
And not what truly is
How different life on earth would be
If vision was like His

To see without the shadows dark
Or tint of selfish sin
But let the light of Christ then spark
A change from deep within.

A new creation make of me
And give me eyes of faith that see
Your wonders in the world around
And life with You forever found.

Your waters cleanse and then refresh
The crippled bones and sinful flesh
The contrite sinner surely knows
It brings new life where e'er it flows

Oh Lord I plead to hear Your voice
And follow it in every choice
That when I'm dead I still can hear
Your voice to say, "now come up here"

A carol is a happy song
To which the sounds of joy belong
But now her season here has passed
No flesh on earth will ever last

Her journey through this life is o'er
Her warm embrace we feel no more
But now this Carol surely sings
Of boundless joy the Savior brings

Lord from the scriptures may I learn
To ponder things and then discern
The word You have for me each day
And walk within Your chosen way

Lord let Your ways be sweet to me
And through Your eyes, let my eyes see
Let me not Your patience test
But let me always give my best

Too many times I've tried to kill
The One who stands against my will
And shut Him up that I might be
Just like the scribe and pharisee

No man has ever spoke like Him
With such authority
His words can cut one deep within
That deep within we see

His words are truth and love so pure
You know beyond a doubt
He cares for you and me I'm sure
And wants this love to sprout

Sunday, March 12, 2017

3/19/17 Through 3/25/17

3/19/17 Through 3/25/17

The waters from that famous well
His living waters far excel
No word or deed unknown to Him
For in His light, all else is dim

His water truly satisfies
And in His presence hearts arise
When in His love our hearts emersed
Then gone forever is our thirst.

St.  Joseph learned to suffer long
Yet remained so quiet and strong
Obeying quickly every word
That from the angel's voice he heard

His love so pure he sacrificed
His right as husband toward his wife
Accepting his heroic role
To reach the Father's holy goal

Forgiveness is love's boundless gift
He grants to all both full and swift
Debt washed away in mercy's flood
And so, our sins, in precious blood

Now we must too, in love, forgive
That we might find the way to live
Eternally with Love divine
And with His will, our will align

Lord grant your people great resolve
Their sins and failures, now absolve
That conformed unto Your word
The path You show would be preferred

No other path can show the way
But only lead Your sheep astray
Oh Lord, Your law, we must observe
And others learn to humbly serve

Your ways all wise, intelligent
So teach us always to repent
And learn from You the way of love
That we may live with You above

Listen to My voice, then I will be your God
Walk in all my ways, and riches, then applaud
Turn your back to evil, and face your God above
See the marks that evil made, upon the God of love

Love beyond all telling
Waves of darkness swelling
Counting gain as loss
Shouldering the cross

Rooted as the cedar
Love becomes our leader
Blossom on the vine
Who's blood becomes our wine

The wise can understand
The gift of promised land
Then turn from sin and wrath
To find the narrow path

Overshadowed filled with grace
Her womb became His dwelling place
Without the touch of mortal man
Our God worked out His holy plan

The child of the Virgin born
That cold and blessed Christmas morn
Would show all men the life above
By showing them a life of love

3/12/17 Through 3/18/17

3/12/17 Through 3/18/17

A tiny bit of glory seen
From this small flash of light we glean
A taste of what it's like to know
His presence everywhere we go

A light and beauty everywhere
In joy and love beyond compare
Compel within a deep desire
To find it through the cleansing fire

Measure with a measure full
Packed down to overflow
Let your gift be bountiful
His favor you will know

Judge not, and you will not be judged
Let condemnation cease
No favor then, to you, begrudged
And then you find true peace

The Lord receives a humble prayer
That comes to Him from anywhere
Be tempted not to think a call
Would be ignored from one so small

For those He loves are little ones
The prayer of proud are those he shuns
Be not the one who does for show
But one your sinfulness to know

His healing hands affixed to wood
The only way our Savior could
Convince us love can conquer sin
And make a change down deep within

His closest friends and confidants
Were not immune to earthly wants
His call to serve not understood
Til hands were seen affixed to wood

Blessed more than those who trust in flesh
Or wealth to bring their ease
The poor, His love will then refresh
And hungry spirit please

Lord help me see objectively
When words from You admonish me
And find a way, through You perchance
To bloom in every circumstance
Then bring throughout my life to You
A fruit that is Your rightful due

My God!  My God, You love us so
Forgive our sins and help us grow
Your mercy runs from age to age
Our sinfulness your love assuage

Though heinous crime or sinful deed
You run and greet repentant's plead
They find Your mercy swift and sweet
Their restoration now complete.

Give us a heart so rich and kind
That You, in us, the others find
A heart to reach where people live
A heart that's ready to forgive

Saturday, March 4, 2017

3/5/17 Through 3/11/17

3/5/17 Through 3/11/17

In the desert we can see
How truly wretched we would be
Without the One who gave us all
And answer to His loving call

The desert is a lonely place
But also it can fill with grace
If we, in our temptation's hour,
Rely upon His strength and power

Be holy, as our Holy Lord
Abundant love by Him out-poured
Now feed and clothe the one in need
And know you feed the Lord, indeed.

Oh, that like the Word could be
Accomplishing a work for Thee
And not a one returning void
But one returning overjoyed

Partaking of the daily bread
For each day's journey, well am fed
Helping forth Your kingdom come
That in me, Your will be done.

Far more than just a Jonah here
God's only Son to cast out fear
The Ninevites were ill-behaved
But they repented and were saved

What of this generation now
That sees such signs and then somehow
Refuses boldly to repent?
The flames of Hell shall not relent!

Embarrassed by how much You give
And still the selfish way I live
Your hand has saved so many times
My voice again, to You, now climbs.

Be reconciled and repent
Make peace before you come
Or far away you will be sent
And prisoner you become.

Such simple things destroy the bond
That love was meant to be
A careless word that goes beyond
What humor now can see

So easily we turn our thoughts
Against the careless one
Resentment adding to the knots
So hard to be undone.

Forgiving now the only way
To stop the cycle short
To choose to love at each new day
And Satan's plan to thwart.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2/26/17 Through 3/4/17

2/26/17 Through 3/4/17

The love of money, golden chain
Denying what we hope to gain
Shiny glitter all aglow
Instead of friend has turned to foe

Has brought us nothing worth our while
But only kept our looks in style
Yes, looks provide a moment's thrill
But, yes, it's true, that looks can kill

In Jesus and the rich young man
We see how incompleteness can
Negate the offerings we make
Exposing true, revealing fake.

No use to boast with words we say
No use to come but half the way
If we're to answer to His call 
Just be prepared to give your all.

Never wonder, what of me
With all the gifts I've offered thee
You can't out-give the Giver's gift
So let the Lord, your spirits lift.

His word a promise to us all
Who answer to His loving call
In ways you may not now discern
Behold a hundredfold return

Tuesday PM
Lord, all I've given came from You
And all I have belongs to You
If I insist on holding back
It leads me on a fatal track

For You, in love, created me
And in Your love You made me free
And if I fail to give You all
How hard and sad that fatal fall

This day begins the trial long
To make me weak, yet make me strong
To help me see beyond what's here
To trust and learn to conquer fear

A time to slow the busy pace
And learn to yield to fruitful grace
Enduring that which may annoy
Denying pleasure, bound for joy.

Deny yourself, pick up your cross
Then come and follow Me
What seems to be a total loss
Will really set you free

For all you are was made to be
A perfect gift of love
United for eternity
In wedded bliss above

Cry out loud and let them hear
Their wickedness is known quite clear
No answer to their prayer is sent
Unless they humbly now repent

Sackcloth and ashes don't you see
Is not the thing that pleases Me
But broken yoke and slaves set free
Will bring with Me, your unity.

If you remove malicious speech
And guide the hungry ones you teach
Then light will rise in darkest night
And gloominess will take to flight

The ancient ruins then restored
A righteous crown your great reward
Your strength renewed to never fail
Whatever trial may assail

But if you choose to go your way
And don't revere My Sabbath day
Such blessings I will not bestow
And such delight you'll never know.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2/19/17 Through 2/25/17

2/19/17 Through 2/25/17

He offers grace to one and all
But only those who hear the call 
And answer with a willing, Yes
Will find true peace and happiness

For wisdom and the strength of men
Is nothing to our God, and when
We're foolish in the eyes of men
He blesses us with grace again

Perfection comes from knowing Him
And not from every fleeting whim
Responding in each time of grace
To humbly then, His will embrace

The heavens and the earth have shown
All wisdom comes from Him alone
And He, the secret, has revealed
To how, such power, we can wield

It's through much prayer and sacrifice
And not indulging appetites
That we cast out from deep within
The one that leads us into sin

Monday evening
Response to grace is quite the key
To holiness for folks like me
I recollect throughout the day
The times He spoke, and in what way
Then did that voice my flesh eschew
Or was that voice attended to?

I must admit that many times
I followed my old paradigms
But once or twice I find a case
Where I responded to His grace
And then in humble thanks I see
There still is hope for folks like me.

If you come forth intent to serve
You must come forth without reserve
Sincere of heart prepared for trial
Accepting all with patient smile

Turn not away or lest you fall
Abandoning your holy call
Be not enticed by evil lures
Then grace and mercy will be yours

Be not with pride your heart defiled
But trust Him like a little child
And know His lowly, not are cursed
But those now last, will then be first.

There is something here to last
Unbroken link to times now past
His vicar on the earth to lead
And shepherd souls of those in need

Without the certainty of truth
How could we teach the faith to youth?
No unity for which He prayed
Without a Pope, they all have strayed

Presume upon His mercy not
But kindle here a fire hot
Do not delay conversion now
But answer Him to love somehow

Cut off the things that lead to sin
And let your life in Him begin
A better life is on the way
For those who see the light of day

Far more than friendship, bound in flesh
The man and woman made to mesh
Becoming one in mind and heart
That none on earth shall ever part

But this a dim reflection still
Of how to love on earth until
We cross into the land beyond
And understand the heavenly bond

Let children come without reserve
Such open hearts, God's love deserve
To little ones He grants the keys
The kingdom is for such as these.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2/12/17 Through 2/18/17

2/12/17 Through 2/18/17

The Lord has said, that if I choose
The righteous way, I shall not lose
The life eternal, meant for me
And then great glories I shall see.

Where is your brother? His question to Cain
Just listen and know, that it's no use to feign
The blood of your brother cries out from the ground
You're sentenced to ever go wander around.

His question to us, in this modern time,
Is, Where are your children, those victims of crime?
The blood of those millions is crying so loud
For justice against the selfish and proud.

Yet even in spite of the millions we've killed
With love, and with mercy, the Lord's heart is filled
Not off to the wilderness wandering sent
But into His mercy, if just, we repent.

The yeast of those to guard against
Is that which leaves desire un-fenced
A yeast of egocentric fare
That puffs you up with none but air

Far better, I would have you know
To be a fresh, unleavened dough
One clean and undefiled, so...
You give His Word a chance to grow.

How long it takes for us to see
The man, and not some walking tree
We need His touch to clear the eyes
And see through every dim disguise.

A fruitful life is His command
Subdue the beasts, and all the land
Multiply and fill the earth
Then learn to love for all you're worth

For by your love, the world will see
Reflections of divinity
And come to seek this God above
Whose word inspires great acts of love

But lest love seem a facile chore
Know that He asks for ever more
Beyond that first inviting call
He asks of you, your all in all!

Deny yourself, take up your cross
Repent, and follow Me
For he who seeks to save His life
Among the dead shall be.

What profit, then to gain the world
And have so many toys
But in the end discover that
What pride confuses, pride destroys

The voice they heard, they recognized
No longer hidden or disguised
To do, not knowing what they should
When God's own Son, before them stood

Great men of faith, from long ago
Stood with Him too, that we would know
The dead shall rise and know to be
What only eyes of faith could see.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2/5/17 Through 2/11/17

2/5/17 Through 2/11/17

If you shelter one in need 
And if the hungry one you feed
Your light will break forth like the dawn
And God will heed when called upon

Not wisdom or sublimity
Persuasive words or clarity
Will bring the soul to know the One
Messiah and God's only Son

But lighted lamp and salty lives
Illuminate what earth deprives
Don't hide the light another time
But raise it high and let it shine

They that merely touch His cloak
Are healed and break that sinful yoke
That keeps us tied to earthly things
And have a glimpse, what love now brings

For Christ the same as yesterday
Creates anew for us each day
And though it seems as all is lost
His favor we cannot exhaust.

In the beginning it was not this way
For man saw his wife in the purest of ways
Both naked they looked with a heavenly gaze
And walked with the Lord in the cool of the day

Defiled by that from deep within
The source of all my greed and sin
Repentance now the only way
To cleanse this heart of living clay

How great the gift to cleanse the soul
Forgiving sins and making whole
When priests with absolution give
Repentant souls a chance to live.

Naked yet and without shame
The man and wife, so pure became
Reflective of the Trinity
When they were joined in unity

But that great beauty flew away
When sin became their chosen way
No more he looked upon his bride
Except with greed and lust inside

But Christ has come as living bread
And on the cross, crushed Evil's head
That we could see again the sign
Of spousal love, and love divine

May my ears be opened Lord
To clearly hear Your daily word
And may I speak with clarity
Each day the Word You speak to me

Cast out, the Tree of Life denied
The pangs of birth intensified
In toil now the earth will yield
For you must cultivate your field

But now upon the Tree of Life
The Son of God and Sacrifice
Upon the tree our Living Bread
The Bread of Life we now are fed

1/29/17 Through 2/4/17

1/29/17 Through 2/4/17

Seek the Lord with all your heart
This wisdom I, to you, impart
For happiness is knowing One
Whose brightness far exceeds the sun

Lord cast the many demons out 
That keep us far from You
And show us clear the holy route
To do the things You do

Discard the burden, run the race
Stay focused on His love and grace
Endure with faith in One above
To meet each trial with steadfast love

Do not grow weary in the fight 
But draw upon His strength and might
For you have not been tested yet
Unto the point where blood is let

If you but merely touch His hem
You'll have the strength to deal with them
Just let your faith increase in size
And then, behold, the dead shall rise.

Oh Lord grant me Your discipline
For that's where love and trust begin
It's truly for Your yoke I long
Yet I am weak, but Thou art strong.

Due sacrifice cannot be made
If we, the Lord, have not obeyed
For those that meet the Lord's desire
Have all passed through refiner's fire

The perfect sacrifice once made
By Christ, to have our sins allayed
Yet we are called to share His pain
And thus to win eternal gain

For who can strengthen men on earth
But He who took such humble birth
And shared our every pain for sure
And yet remained so clean and pure

How much am I like Herod then
Intrigued by holiness, but when
I'm called upon to do what's right
In weakness, all my strength takes flight

In unexpected ways I find
The call to once again be kind
But Oh so often I decline
And seek to keep what I call mine

Come find a calm deserted place
To rest from cares and busy pace
To sit with Him and talk a while
That He may then your soul beguile