A Friend that cared

The Gift

A gift from God – this poetry
opening to the light
Chambers of a silent heart
emerging from the night

Spin a tapestry of words –
colorful and clear
Pastel shades, soft and whole
embroidered on a living soul
kindly without fear.You have His gift
and put your finger
gently on my heart
where I felt His touch and
cried with joy.

Words on paper lined up true
so powerfully new
like the sun who climbs in strength
out of the night
making glad tomorrows
and eternities to come
taking us by His words where
it won’t be “Too Late”

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A real sacrifice

Have you figured out all the Old Testament sacrifices? The altar of burnt offering daily, Peace offerings, Sin offerings, Trespass offerings, Wave offerings, Heave offerings. The list in the Old Testament is long and complicated. Probably took a Hebrew young person an entire Hebrew school experience to begin to understand them all. The system was COMPLICATED. They were commanded to offer these offerings continually. It didn’t matter if it was raining, snowing, sunshine or clouds, the offerings must be presented to a Holy God. Didn’t matter if you were depressed or joyful, sick or well, discouraged or rejoicing. Each individual offering must be presented as instructed to be accepted by God.

Fast forward to Calvary. All the offerings were completed forever in Him.

Now let’s read Hebrews 13:15: “Paul writes * “by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”.

Complicated? Most certainly not. But just the same, the sacrifice of praise is to be offered continually, rain or shine, sick or well, depressed or joyful.  Will the sacrifice be accepted by a Holy God? You can have every assurance it will be as long as Jesus remains risen from the dead and seated at the fathers right hand interceding for you and I.

Job. after losing all his children says “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the  Lord”. Job 1:21

What’s the best thing to do when things aren’t going your way? Offer a sacrifice. A sacrifice of praise.

*(I believe Paul wrote Hebrews)




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wonderful words

The surprise had to be overwhelming! There was nothing to look forward to but death and whatever lay beyond. One could hope that the sins committed here would somehow not count on the “other side”, but there was no assurance this would be so.

So thought the man who would soon find himself crucified alongside the redeemer, the darling son of God.

What was the surprise? It was what had to  be the sweetest words a man ever heard.

Your life can change in a moments time. Sometimes for the worst, and sometimes, when you’re expecting the worst, for the better.

 32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Now hear the confession: “ Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

Now the beautiful, surprise! 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Jesus died that day voluntarily for your and my sin. It’s recorded for you in a book never proven wrong. Will you join that thief, a confessed sinner, in calling on him? The thief was there. He believed. He “hit the jackpot”! Wonder what’s on the other side? There’s only one person you can trust, and that’s Jesus Christ. What wonderful words….”To day shalt thou be with me in paradise!”

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Heartache and tears be
no strangers to me
and tears run their courses
into the great sea
of time.

Languish, my heart
be content to be free
and remember the great price
he paid there for thee
For praise to the Saviour
will turn tears to wine
in time.

Rejoice! Oh my soul –
we’re nearing the shore-
The fragrance of glory
and the Lord we adore
the shout of the saints
gone before and made whole
the cry of the victor!
who ran for the goal.

dwr – Aug 23 2002

T3 2002

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I have overcome the world

Jesus told his disciples before he left them “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 kjv
There are times in our lives when we just wish we weren’t. When Jesus said “tribulation”, he wasn’t just talking to hear himself talk; he was telling the truth. In the U.S. we don’t get much physical triublation (yet). But we get broken hearts, broken lives and broken bodies. Heartaches that we can do little about. Circumstances that we did nothing to achieve. Reminds me of a poem that touched my heart:

Ballad of the Tempest

We were crowded in the cabin
not a soul would dare to sleep
It was midnight on the water
and storm was on the deep.

‘Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast
And the hear the rattling trumpet
thunder”Cut away the mast”

So we shuddered there in silence
For the stoutest held their breath
While the hungry sea was roaring
And the breakers talked with death

As thus we sat in darkness
each one busy with their prayers
“We are lost!” the captain shouted
as he staggered down the stairs

Then his little daughter whispered
As she took his icy hand
Isn’t God upon the waters
Just the same as on the land?

Then we kissed the little maiden
and we spoke in better cheer
And we anchored in the harbor
where the morn was shining clear
James T. Fields

You may be having “one of those days”. The storms will come and the winds will blow so hard you have trouble hearing his voice. Sometimes it seems that all is lost, the ship is sinking and getting safe to harbor is beyond reach. It is in those times that I have, by faith, trusted in a still small voice that says “He is God upon the water as well as God upon the land. “Be of good Cheer” was spoken to those who would shortly be weeping tears without understanding. I’m so glad he finished the statement with

I have overcome the world

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Grieving the one we love

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the  LORD: and his soul was  grieved for the misery of Israel.

Why do we think it strange that God, who is perfect and complete would grieve? Convoluted thinking at it’s best. Would it not rather be evident that perfection means God’s grief would be greater than ours simply because his “heart” is bigger? Perfection does not do away with God’s heart grieving, loving, forgiving, (He certainly does a good job with that one!) growing angry or any of the other traits and emotions that we feel in lesser degree. He is perfect in all his ways. When scripture foretold that Jesus would be a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”, it was making a statement that we often disregard. After all, he only suffered in life the things that we suffer. Not so; rather, his sorrow and grief were and are more than we can understand. He walked among men that were crushed by sin, tradition, brokenness and pain. He saw firsthand what had become of us after sin entered the picture. He knew from whence we had fallen, and what it would eventually take to remedy our awful plight. In his life, He verbally chastised the Scribes and Pharisees for keeping people  in bondage to a false set of standards, while ignoring God’s command-plea in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Luke 10:27  Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.
We are all guilty of grieving people we love. We are all guilty of grieving God. The people we love may or may not forgive. He always forgives. You may lose your way, become bitter over some life experience you felt He could  have helped you avoid, but you can not make him go away. You can grieve his heart, but you cannot quench his love. So whats the point?  We are sealed to to him forever. That is final and wonderful. We can still grieve him, He will still forgive. Would  it make a difference if you realized that he longs for your love and intimacy, but is grieved by your attachment to this world and its false hope of personal affirmation, satisfaction or even validation? I call the  “American dream”  The American culture trap. We have so much stuff, but our preoccupation with it all keeps us at a comfortable distance from the lover of our souls. The scripture above says we can grieve him. Let’s put away the strange gods our souls long  after and renew our hearts in his magnificent love.




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Ode To The Lamb

Edged with the softness of the moon
fresh as a morning dew
gentler than the evening rain
love found a place in you.

a heart cried out
clear water  flowed
like crystal all around
beauty rose from ashes
joy sprang up from the ground

Music came on tiptoe
From places in the sand
Slowly found it’s footing
Symphonies began!

Notes of praise leaped from the strings!
took their flight on eagle wings
burst out in joyful song with me –
“All glory to the lamb”

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