Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Don't Think...

My brother-in-law to his little girl the morning after her slumber party: 

“Come with me.  We’ll rest together.”

“I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep, Daddy.”

“It’s o.k.  Just close your eyes…  There, now.  We’ll rest together.”

So she closed her eyes and was instantly asleep.


God to me when life happens:

Come with Me.  We’ll rest together (Hebrews 4:9-11)

I don’t think I’ll be able to _________, Lord.

It’s o.k.   Just do what I say…  There, now.  We’ll rest together.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt.”
~Jeremiah 31:3,4

Monday, August 8, 2011

In Flex

Two very moving experiences
in two days...
A conversation with a friend
who is battling cancer,
and a few hours spent 
with a friend in the ER.

Both friends displayed 
immovable faith
and unalterable kindness
in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances.

Both friends had 
every plausible excuse
society has to offer
to toss kindness aside,
to render generic faith useless,
to ride whatever wave felt best
for the moment...

... but they chose another path...
a narrow road
with promise of struggle,
of suffering,

... and each remains completely contented there...

The power of kindness,
the strength of a smile,
the depth of compassion,
the might of an ear,

the steel of steadfastness,
the firmness of faith
all pass through the fire
of unmerciful fear.

Through acts of obedience
rendered in prayer,
the hearts of the faithful
become stronger still.

True strength, though appearing
impartial and tough,
is soft and resilient
in flex with His will.

“Now faith
is the assurance of things hoped for, 
the conviction of things not seen… 
let us run the race that is set before us, 
fixing our eyes on Jesus, 
the author and perfecter 
of faith…”
~Hebrews 11:1 & 12:1,2

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beyond Words

Words captivate me.

Words I see or hear
are constantly being filtered:

Are they flippant, exaggerated, dull,
misspelled, misapplied, inappropriate?
Are they accurate, inspiring, meaningful,
motivating, intentional, sincere…?

Words demand my focus,
their relevance vies for my attention,
their accuracy assumes authority to gauge value…

…perhaps too much so…

What blessing can come through sorrow?
What wisdom can be gained through loss?
What treasure can be found in emptiness?

be my focus
be my relevance worthy of attention,
be my authority to gauge value.

Draw me to

…to be content
Beyond Words…