Sunday, May 28, 2017

6/11/17 Through 6/17/17

6/11/17 Through 6/17/17

Sunday
The Trinity is unity 
Beyond the mind of man
The family is meant to be 
Reflective of His plan

Monday
His mother there beneath Him stood
His nakedness affxied to wood
Dispelling empty platitudes
Encompassing beatitudes

Such mourning as was never known
His poverty of spirit shown
In meekness suffering great pain
That all may have eternal gain

In humble search for righteousness
He suffered in such great distress
Extending mercy to the throng
That perpetrated this high wrong

Tuesday
Can one see my little flame
Would they but recognize my name,
Will they remember me as light
or just another passing night?

Have I produced a lasting heat,
Or just another mindless tweet
Have I become what He had planned
Or have I failed to understand?

What little time is left for me
To fan the flame You gave to me
May I draw closer yet to You
And add some flavor to the stew.

Wednesday
No jot or tittle pass away
Until the earth will go that way
Fulfilled in Christ the greater light
Dispels all hint of fearful night

If glory came from words in stone
Then one could see himself alone
But granted by descending dove
Our glory comes from righteous love

Thursday
Remove the veil that I may see
The splendor of Your gift to me
The freedom that Your love provides
Where service to the poor resides

Friday
Oh Lord, my sufferings of this day
I offer now to You
That You might join them to Your way
And give them value too

Redeem through me some sickly soul
Who's lost along the way
By this poor sacrifice make whole
And bring to light of day

Saturday
When no means no, and yes means yes
We wonder not nor have to guess
No turning back on what we've said
No matter where the path has led.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

6/4/17 Through 6/10/17

6/4/17 Through 6/10/17

Sunday
The air is all around us
And everywhere we go
Unknown to us how precious
That we might live and grow

Like the air, the Spirit dwells
Abundantly on earth
Unknown until another tells
Of how they found new birth

Without either life will end
Extinguishing the flame
But with the spirit we will join
The One from whom life came

Monday
The man who dug the vineyard now
Deserves his share of fruit
But we forget His gifts somehow
In greedy self-pursuit

Amazing we ignore the source
Of all we have that's good
And thwart His efforts to enforce
What's truly for our good

By freely giving God His share
Of all the blessings sent
We skirt around the Devil's snare
And greediness prevent

Tuesday
The coin that circulates around
Is where the ruler's face is found
His seal imprinted thereupon
Reminding whom to it belongs

Like you, once placed upon your head
A seal to save you from the dead
A mark for Christ to call His own
A mark that you might make Him known

And all who bear His mark should give
That others too might learn to live
Then as we circulate around
The face of Christ on us be found.

Wednesday
His good remains at all the times
Including those when heart opines
When darkness seems to fill the air
And all our thoughts lead to despair

As lightning pierces through the sky
The Lord attends His people's cry
And sends His angels to relieve
Sufferings of those who believe

By looking back I clearly see 
How steadfast love attended me
Through every trial and despair
I see His gentle loving care

Thursday
True love doesn't take her for pleasure of gain
True love doesn't falter or wither or wane
True love is the measure of manhood aright
True love is one willing to postpone delight

A man will protect her and guard her from harm
A man will will defend her and cherish her charm
A man will not prey on desire for love
A man will but pray for his strength from above

Don't fall for imposters who cheat and beguile
Don't fall for the ones who impress with their style
Don't fall for the fleeting and empty romance
Don't fall for some schmuck just because he can dance

Look deeper than what the surface reveals
Look deeper to see what the surface conceals
Look deeper to find if the core is as good
Look deeper to see if he acts as he should

True love is not driven by greed or by lust
True love is but driven by generous trust
True love is the one who will sacrifice much
True love until marriage restraineth his touch.

Friday
When desperation cry is made
And anguished prayer to God is prayed
The humble plea will pierce the clouds
And reach His ear before the crowds

The blindness and the curse removed
His faithfulness has now been proved
The way to great prosperity
Is trust in His divinity

Saturday
Make known His works, proclaim His praise
May God be lauded all the days
Chastised a little, greatly blessed
He answers every fond request

Though often quite misunderstood
He turns each trial for our good
And looking back again we find
In hardship where the gold is mined.

5/28/17 Through 6/3/17

5/28/17 Through 6/3/17

Sunday
Ascended on Your glorious throne
You left the world, but not alone
You promised something greater yet
To send the Holy advocate

You made the duty ours to own
To make Your name, to all men known
To make disciples in all lands
And thus fulfill the Father's plans

Monday
Lord, now we see that You know all
Help us to answer to Your call
Send Your Spirit fresh and new
To help us do the things You do.

Tuesday 
I wish to say with conscience clear
To all of you I hold so dear
That I have shown quite clear the trail
It's up to you to now prevail

At times I've stumbled on the way
With things I do and things I say
But love has been my final goal
To fill your heart and warm your soul

Wednesday
In haste she went to greet the one
Thought barren, now with child
Within her carrying the Son,
Yet pure and undefiled

The Spirit rushed upon the two
When e're they heard the sound
That greeting from the virgin who
Within the Christ was found

The lowly lifted high above
The proud in their conceit
A satisfying gift of love
The hungry now shall eat.

Thurday
Unity a far off thought
So distant and obscure
A thing our blessed Savior taught
And prayed would long endure

But many varied ways have come
And each new one would say
They've found a better way to plumb
The depths of God today

Friday
Peter, do yo love me?
The question haunts us all
Repentant eyes can see 
And answer to His call

Though we have greatly sinned
His call to us remains
His gaze on us undimmed
For His love never wanes

Saturday
He calls on every single soul
In some peculiar way
For each completes the Master's whole
If they go not astray

So what concern is this of yours
What is the other's call
My path of love for you assures
Your rise and not your fall.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

5/21/17 Through 5/27/17

5/21/17 Through 5/27/17

Sunday
Oh Lord annoint afresh Your child
Cleanse me pure and undefiled
fulfill in me my heart's desire
Send on me Your holy fire

Set me free of all my sin
Let Your Spirit dwell within
Make anew the desolate
And send to me the Advocate

Monday
A time will come when you will see 
Great trials for belief in me
I tell you now that you may know
And onward in these trials go

For they that kill don't understand
The humble way My father planned
To bring salvation's grace to bear
On people here and everywhere

Tuesday
The Spirit comes in darkest place
To fill the heart with peace and grace
Amidst the darkness cold and long
His presence fills the soul with song

He shows the world how wrong it was
And offers life to all because
The Lamb was slain that we might live
And learn, each other, to forgive

Wednesday
The gods among this earthly realm
They multiply and overwhelm
The hungry needy dieties
That we create to charm and please

We worship every varied kind
That entertain or catch the mind
A game or sport or special thing
That we believe content will bring

Thinking them to be much bigger
Sapping all our youthful vigor
Never seeing we have sinned
By all our chasing of the wind

The perfect body wilts and wanes
As age brings on new aches and pains
And all we thought would satisfy
Gets rusty and goes passing by

But then among us all the time
Is grace and peace and love sublime
A Savior scorned and crucified
Now raised again and glorified.

Thursday
A little while and grief will come
The dirge be played upon the drum
But little more and joy you'll find
When resurrection light is shined.

Friday
Like a woman in labor
The sorrow will leave
When she sees what He gave her
The gift to believe

Separation causes pain
Just a little while
Leading to a greater gain
Just beyond the trial

Saturday
In Jesus' name I ask you Lord
For more than I could e're afford
The Spirit's presence deep within
And will to separate from sin

I ask to be Your instrument
Of love in every place I'm sent
To bring Your Spirit present where
It's found most difficult to share.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

5/14/17 Through 5/20/17

5/14/17 Through 5/20/17

Sunday
Lord make of us two living stones
To build a holy place
That those we raise within our home
May come to know Your grace

May sacrifice become our way
In all the things we do
To build a house of love each day
Acceptable to You

Monday
The Advocate will teach you more
And teach the soul that loves to soar
For greater things than I have done
Will then attend the holy one

The gift of faith is ours to find
But oh how hard for all the blind
They have a hard time to believe
If they still to possessions cleave

Tuesday
The peace of Christ He offers those
Who follow in His way
Attending one where e're he goes
His joy throughout the day

But dare not think you'll suffer not
For Him along the way
To share His cross disciples ought
Expect to every day

But with a grace beyond the mind
He fills the docile soul
The peace of God, a different kind
To heal and to make whole

Wednesday
Firmly grafted on the vine
It's flow of life can then be mine
Pruned of that which does not suit
To bear a most abundant fruit

The living water from that Vine
Will slake forever thirst of thine
And pruned of unproductive shoots
You'll bear the finest lucious fruits

Thursday
How rightly can a man discern
The ways of God that he should learn
And find the proper words to say
To lead the others on the Way?

First listen to authority
For Christ has said that it will be
The rock that He will build upon
The water to which men are drawn

Then listen close and you will see
The ways with which the Lord agree
And always view the longer term
Then ask the Lord to please confirm.

His word contains a wisdom well
To shine a light and stories tell
Of those who hope and trust and pray
And find the Lord lights up the way

Friday
Love as I have loved you
No greater love than this
Friends will do as I do
And never love dismiss

No longer slaves but friends
If you obey commands
Find love that never ends
And do what love demands

I gave you everything
My Father gave to me
Abundant fruit now bring
Forth from a faithful tree

Saturday
Love so far beyond all telling
Spirit deep within me dwelling
Make me turn from lesser love
And turn to that from One above

A lesser love deceives the soul
And causes true love to grow cold
Love of only earthly things
A satisfaction never brings

But till and water hardened ground
That thereupon Your fruit be found
Possessions vast that I once saw
May I look on now as straw

Sunday, April 30, 2017

5/7/17 Through 5/13/17

5/7/17 Through 5/13/17

Sunday
My sins He bore upon the tree
His wounds a healing balm for me
A wayward sheep that's prone to stray
He leads along the narrow way

Monday
Call not profaned what God has claimed
To enter in the fold
But go and speak to those who seek. 
All nations must be told

The spirit spoke to Gentile folk
The same as you and me
Cornelius found in Joppa town
The words to set him free

Tuesday
He speaks so very plain you see
But far from all find certainty
For they cannot get past the view
That God would come so close to you

If they could only see their way
To listen to the words You say
Their sight would be so crisp and clear
Of God Himself who comes so near.

Wednesday
The light has come and shone on me
But often still I fail to see
For pride can blind the sinful eye
And make of me a selfish guy

Then ruled by passion and delight
I block the rays of healing light
But if confessing I repent
Again the healing light is sent

Thursday
If God Himself should wash my feet
No life on earth should be complete
Without much service to the poor
To help them in  their trial endure

How patiently He bore the pain
In hope of our eternal gain
He gave us there upon the cross
Our greatest gain, His life of loss

But then He showed once glorified
The prize He won when crucified
The back of evil broken when 
We look upon the Great Amen.

Friday
Drawn to hear His gentle voice
Trembling there with Him rejoice
Unworthy of His presence here
The Lord inspires holy fear

How could One so great attend
To those who frequently offend
Yet He prepares a place for all
Even those who often fall

Saturday
How little I can understand
Of all the things my Lord has planned
So all there is for folks like me
Is simply place our trust in Thee

I've known You now for quite a while
But still can't figure out Your style
Surprise occurs at every turn
With always so much more to learn.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

4-30-17 Through 5/6/17

4-30-17 Through 5/6/17

Sunday
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

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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?

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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.

Saturday
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.

Monday
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

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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?

Thursday
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

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

Monday
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

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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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.

Friday
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."

Saturday
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

Sunday
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.

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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"

Carol
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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.

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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!

Thursday
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.

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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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

Friday
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.

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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.

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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!

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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

Friday
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

Saturday
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