2015.01.31: sunrise down the street

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Heb 11-1

neighborhood sunrise
Sunrise down the street

january sunrise
stopping neighbors in their cars
wondrous connections

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2015.01.30: my heart’s desire

Find your delight in the LORD
who will give you your heart’s desire. Ps 37:4

And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come. Mk 4:29

in darkness my day ended
fitful was my sleep
restless i awoke
in darkness still

alarms sounded in my mind
echoing panic in the dark
sudden despair seized my soul
fear of never seeing the light

i tried to rise but couldn’t
planted in the ground was i
armless i raised my heart to You
rooted in your love i cried

at daybreak you came walking
teardrops fell on my stalk
above the sound of the sickle i hear
“The Kingdom of God has come”

and my heart sang out
with delight in the LORD
thankful for my heart’s desire
a small seed in the Kingdom of God

2015.01.29: Rejoice, People rejoice

Who may go up the mountain of the LORD?
Who can stand in his holy place? Ps 24:3

Rejoice, people rejoice
The Lord is off his holy place
He has descended the mountain
He has come seeking his people

The mountain is a lonely place
There is none whose hands are sinless
Whose hearts are pure and void of vanity
None who are worthy of his holy place

Rejoice, people rejoice
The Lord is off his holy place
He has descended the mountain
He has come seeking his people

He has come to knock on doors
Seeking sinners, prostitutes, and tax collectors
Those who threw away their inheritance
“Anyone with ears ought to hear.”

Rejoice, people rejoice
The Lord is off his holy place
He has descended the mountain
He has come seeking his people

He is calling you; harden not your heart
He already knows all that is secret and hidden
Repent, open up your heart, and be healed
He has come to lead us sinners home

Rejoice, people rejoice
The Lord is off his holy place
He has descended the mountain
He has come seeking his people

2015.01.27: just for today

For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. Mk 3:35

oh loving Father,
i am so grateful
for your boundless love
flowing abundantly
from deep within me
spilling forth into the world
i long to know your will
so that i may do your will
but not being perfect
i may never know
perfectly
your will for me
and even if i could know
i may never do
perfectly
your will for me
grant me this o loving Father
just for today
let me do your will
let me love you
with all my heart
and all my soul
let me love my neighbors
as i love myself
with the unconditional love
with which you pour into me
it is only a small wish
not forever
or even the rest of my life
but just for today
let me do your will
as Jesus taught us

2015.01.26: an everlasting sin

“But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit* will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” Mk 3:29

one can deny the Truth
but to deny the grace
to tell the Truth from lies
is blindness

one can deny the Light
but to deny the gift
of discerning the Light from darkness
is insanity

one can deny the Living Water
but to poison the well
from which the Water flows
is Death

2015.01.25: way of the sinner

Good and upright is the LORD,
therefore he shows sinners the way, – Ps 25:8

those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away. 1 Cor:31

“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.” – Mk 1:15

the Laws were but
stepping stones
like John the Baptist
they pointed the way
to you, Jesus
you are the fulfillment
you are the Kingdom of God
yes, Lord, i believe
i am a sinner
but i welcome you
into my heart
remain with me
as I deny myself,
take up the cross,
and follow you
i will remain with you
as i stumble and fall
only to you will I look
for my help and salvation
never will i turn from you
never will i walk alone
You are the Way,
the Truth
and the Life