From enemies and vagabondsTo lovers and trusted sonsGod has done a thingThat we will sing about forever,For He has penned a glorious stanzaWith our very lives,Weaving together seemingly random eventsThat converge to form a constellation of His mercies-Moments that made no senseSeasons so dark we lost our very selvesNon-linear paths that all led usHere.To His […]Read more "We have become His poetry"
Christ is no stranger to trauma,To feelings of abandonment,Deep sorrowAnd betrayal.He knows what is isTo cry out in the nightAnd get no answer,To be hunted and falsely accused.He is familiar with exasperating humans-Of being rejected by His ownAnd misunderstood even by His comrades.And most harrowinglyHe knows the painOf dying at the handsOf injustice.This faith we […]Read more "The gospel of trauma"
Is that we can’t pull them off.We often want stories that are linear,Straight lines from victory to victory:Not stillborn dreamsNot crumbling empiresAnd definitely not the deathOf our greatest ambitions-Because its hard to come backFrom the dead.There is One who diedAnd returned from deathUndoing the thingsThat had left us undone,Giving us what we needed mostBut had […]Read more "The trouble with resurrections"
The harrowing prayer of Christ in that gardenDid not change His circumstance.It was His last few momentsBefore going up to be crucified,A crucifixion He spoke of repeatedly.The contents of the prayerReveal a level of vulnerabilityThat is most unsettling.Christ accepts His crushing fateWhile at the same time expressing His desireFor another way.He did not consider His […]Read more "Gethsemane"
Restraint is underrated.Knowing that you haveThe vocal rangeTo dominate a roomAnd yet choosing not toSays a whole lot more aboutYour personhoodThan your musicianship.Mighty is the manWho is not mastered by his talentsNor mesmerizedBy his own possibilities,For his ear is far more pleasedWith collective harmonyThan personal gloryAnd he sees it as no abuseOf his own stationTo […]Read more "Backing vocals"
There’s no greater victoryThan a victory of the soul-Overcoming your own selfishnessWalking away from addictionFinding healing for insecurityAssuming responsibility for your own actionsReally changingPutting away victimhood,ForgivenessBecoming wholeFreedomLoving people instead of using people,Letting go of idolsClinging on to God.You might not get a trophyFor any of these thingsBut you’ll definitely beWinning withinWhen things such as theseAre […]Read more "Winning Within"
He lived His life on earthAt the pace of Heaven.Thirty yearsWas not too long to wait,Three yearsWas enough time for execution,The measure of his infleunceWas not in the number of followers,He would not be hurriedAnd yet was always open to digressions,He confidently sought the audience of thousandsAnd aslo craved solitude with His Father.The metronome of […]Read more "Metronome of Jesus"
We don’t always know what we wantAnd rather than figure ourselves outWe’d rather just keep reaching for more.We ingratiate ourselves with foodBecause we feel emptyYet its a different bellyThat’s needing to be filled.We feel like we’re drowning soWe rope people into our livesUsing them as rafts to keep ourselves afloatFailing to seeThat they are drowning […]Read more "Surrounded by water but dying of thirst"
“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"