Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.Genesis 27:38 There was Esau;Empty handed, Broken-hearted At the feet of his father,Tricked by his brother,Tears streaming down his facePleading for a blessing From his father’s lips That had been intercepted By his trickster brother, Jacob.His father, Isaac, Had only one […]Read more "Is there only one blessing?"
Be reminded that God made the world Beautiful And if so, then how much more Beautiful is He? Keep in mind That when we draw near to Him We are approaching ultimate Glory And that a moment spent with Him Is all the beauty we will ever need On every day No matter how bleak […]Read more "Daily Beauty"
There are infinite resources For love In Christ. Everything we ever needed Everything we ever hope for. He is not our role model Or just somebody to show the way But He is The Great Lover of our souls Our Kinsman Redeemer, Making heirs out of orphans Forming sons out of enemies Piercing human divisions […]Read more "Resources for love"
When God made His green earth He carved out supply Long before any need Was ever felt. The habitat of Eden was fashioned Long before its inhabitants were Formed from its dust, The sun burned brightly Long before there were any Humans to celebrate its rising Or marvel at its setting. Long before we learned […]Read more "Supply came long before demand"
Is a quiet violence On the wars that rage within. Killing the things that are killing me. It is a gift. Not an achievement Not merely a consequence of happy circumstance. It is not driven off by disaster It does not hold us ransom Threatening to leave If life takes unexpected turns. The peace of […]Read more "The Peace of God"
“Get thee behind me, Satan!”Peter must have been aghast To hear Jesus say these wordsTo him, His most devoted disciple.He’d been by His side From the beginning.For three years,Peter had shown Him nothing but loyalty-Not once had he flinchedNot once had he looked back On the life he once lived With longing.He’d only wanted what was best For Jesus,For His […]Read more "Line of Thought"
Thirsty groundMakes even the muddiest puddlePrecious.Thirst can make the bitterTaste sweet for a moment.So parched can a throat become,So weary and battered, thatAnything will doAnything for a moment’sRespite.On the verge of deliriumReaching forSomethingAnythingTo quench this furnaceWithin.DesperationHas driven men and womenTo dark placesFor when the soul isIn the desertWith cracked lipsAnd broken skinNo amount of self-soothingBreathes […]Read more "Arid Spaces"
God called manTo be stewards of His creationTo name the animals He madeTo inhabit the earth He createdTo be sowers of seed-Not watchers of windNor foretellersOf what will succeedAnd what will fall to pieces.There’s something aboutSowing seedThat demands trust.For every crop that has everBeen producedWe have only sown the seed,And done our best to nurture […]Read more "Watching the wind"
Being able to ’see right through everything’Doesn’t age well.At some point, we foundThat while we could detectDeception and injustice more clearlyGood things became increasingly difficultTo findOr enjoy.Cynicism compoundsAnd it doesn’t always add up to the truth,And even when the cause was justSo often our efforts to clean up houseSomehow also darkened the windowsWe were peering […]Read more "The cost of being woke"
God didn’t waitUntil day number sevenTo say‘Ít is good.’He said it fromThe very first day.Before the seas were teemingWith fishOr the skies punctuatedWith constellations,Or the hills and fieldsWere filled with tall grass and fragrant flowers.No, on that first dayWith having justSeparated light from darkness,He pronounced satisfaction,Happiness,Delight, even.Joy along the wayIs often hard to findBecause we […]Read more "Joy along the way"