Getting right and staying right.
I go back to the Bible book of Job many times. Not because I have a morbid desire to examine suffering; rather because in it I find a most involved Lord who is in charge of everything, even the devil, and who turns mourning into dancing in His own right time. The devil isContinue reading “Times Spent in Job”
ln the average church service today the focus goes something like this: “Listen. Learn. Lunch”. It seems of paramount importance to offer instruction in righteousness, with the congregation remaining largely passive, and with the sense of fellowship enhanced by meals, meals, meals. The whole process takes on the appearance of a good show or lecture.Continue reading “Love Lift Lighten”
Just one of those moments I seldom know when And you have my next breath You draw me again To thoughts of your goodness To reckon my debt To see you give gladly My sure Shepherd yet. And all of the day’s stress And all still unsure Erased by your presence Arresting and pure. JustContinue reading “Moment”
Again to be here When none other might care. Be the motive of fear Or of gratitude rare. I will run to this space Just to unload my heart; Yes a quieter place Set a little apart. And You come through the gray In the brilliance of love And You settle the day With Your calmContinue reading “The Closet”
The disciples marveled at the Master’s night-long absences in prayer. He would return seemingly rested the next dawn and prepared with that relaxed calm for any eventuality. They had only seen scholarly rabbis approach a degree of confidence anywhere close. But they had always couched their pronouncements with the support of precedent. “Rabbi X wouldContinue reading “Lord Teach Us to Pray”
. Beautifies the meek, yes He does this oh so well Dismisses doubters’ ranklings And all their hate dispels A grace that marches calmly Through “everyday’s” demands And hugs and uplifts Tenderly With carpenter’s strong hands. He speaks a view celestial A home for all oppressed Where all who hold on bravely Find comfort, kinContinue reading “Song for the Meek”
“Pastor, teach us to pray.” The two young couples approached Eugene Peterson in absolute earnest. They felt that their prayers were awkward, insincere, imitative, short and ineffectual. “Why don’t you take a good look at the Psalms. King David was a man who knew how to pray. He covered most of the situations whichContinue reading “Gutsy Prayer”