Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Gentle Love


The little purple butterfly
Flitted around his head
And, while he could have crushed its wings,
He let it live instead.
 
He let it dance around his face
And flutter past his nose.
He seemed to shrug, as if to say,
“That’s just the way it goes.”
 
Although he has the strength to kill
A creature small and frail,
He has a heart so filled with love
That it simply can’t fail.
 
And so they shared the afternoon
The dog and butterfly,
One sitting on the other’s head
Beneath a sunny sky.
 
Romans 13:8 NIV
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blossoms in Light


The day held both sorrow and joy,
Some sadness and some hope,
But, through it all, I found that I
Was still able to cope.
 
I took the sorrow of the day
And tucked it out of sight,
Then let the joy lift up my heart
Like blossoms in the light.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Growing into the Light


It’s never quite as simple, Lord,
As I think it should be
There are so many facets of
The person I should be
That are not quite yet in the place
To make a better me.
 
All I can do is start right now,
Growing into the light;
While blooming brighter every day
Striving with all my might
To live the life that I believe
Will bring My Lord delight.
 
Psalm 147:11
the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Heaven's Gate


Sometimes I think of heaven’s gate,
How grand that sight must be.
I picture all the finest gates
That I have lived to see
And that is how Heaven’s own gates
Have been described to me.
 
But I prefer to see them as
A cheery garden gate,
With blossoms brighter than the dawn
That seasons can’t abate.
I see them, warm and welcoming,
Not looming fierce and great.
 
But there is nothing on this earth,
That man can know or see,
That is as perfect, in its place,
As Heaven’s meant to be.
So I will wait excitedly
For what Heaven shows me.
 
1 Corinthians 2:9
 “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Riverside


We gather by the river side,
But fear to step on in.
For if we make that commitment,
Who knows what will begin.
 
The first step is an easy one,
The rest might take some work.
While there may be some steps we face,
That we would rather shirk.
 
All of the pains, the sacrifice
That we may have to face,
Right now seems inconvenient,
But they lead us to Grace.
 
Though much may well be asked of us,
More than we want to give,
Still He did not once hesitate.
He died that we might live.
 
So do not linger riverside,
Stand up and walk right in.
Let His Grace baptize you in life
And wash from you your sin.
 
Luke 3:3
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Shadow of God


I could not see the little bird
That feasted on the seed
My view was blocked by other things
But it was there, indeed.
 
I heard it sing, just out of view,
And though obscured from sight
I saw its shadow on the fence
A dark form in the light.
 
That small bird and its shadow there
Reminded me of this,
Though You’re not in my line of sight
You awfully hard to miss.  
 
I see Your shadow in my life,
In everything I do,
And, though my view may be obscured,
I still see signs of You.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sorrow and Joy


Pale is the heart that’s scarred by grief,
And lost to all delight.
It holds no hope to see again
True joy’s elusive light.
But over time, the pain will ease,
The scars grow thin and slight,
And joy will always find a way
To slip through as it might.
 
So as you weep, hold on in faith,
For joy is ever nigh,
And you will see it flicker through
Between the tears you cry.

Jeremiah 8:18
You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.

For two friends who have lost the love of their lives this week. Hold onto the faith, for joy will return.