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Into Our Night

When was the decision to be born amongst men, women, and dear children? Long time ago, Amen!   Th’Almighty saw our plight and so sent forth the Lamb, to come into our night, the King of Kings, Infant.   When did our Creator know he would bear the sin of strong, weak, rich and poor? Before the world, Amen!   No rex or rules which shun could quench the great I Am’s joyful zeal to touch us,  coax all to enter

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Good Works

Good works, the act of being still, ever finding strength in God's perpetual will.   Mercy flows from a heart declared. The Voice does not tire, words live through His heirs.   There is a burden, 'twill be confessed, "To do the will of the One Who sent."   Once obeyed, agapé dispensed,^ there, another good work commenced. __________ ^ What does agape love really mean in the Bible?

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Gilded Burdens

Most of us groan when burdens take toll. How to be steady? Be brave, rock ready to soften the load, capacitate goals of others in need, infants to elderly.   Mary thus yielded, first nine months so gilded with wonder and awe of the Child’s sovereign Abba. Then numerous years, foot washings and fears transcended by joy for love of Adonai.

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Baptism

First comes right, then a rite,^ right-of-way to the waters of life, before we descend at Jordan's command* and rise from immersion to light.** Last, was the dark of my past. First, grace from I Am for the grasp. Then, as now, that Jordan bow leads us to the trust that will last. Each rite of passage makes straight + the way of the Lord in our day. The seed planted down rises to crown the soul, feeding hope to obey. __________ ^ John 1:12; 1 John 4:19 * Matthew

See Salt

The song-poem below, written after reading Leviticus 2   Focus is on the latter part of verse 13:  “with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.”   Every action is an offering, ourselves, poured out.^ By word, expression—in ev’ry deed, God shall see salt.^^   Salt, the flavoring of Life, from Heaven, poured. Like the forgiven forgive and the blessed tithe, received salt, shared with the Lord.   Our trust, grounded to obedie

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Not Only Is This So

Meditation before writing the song below: Romans 5:9-11 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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Carry Us Forever

A short hymn, after reading: Psalm 28:7,9 and Psalm 29:1-2,10-11    Carry us forever, Oh Lord, in your arms, faithful Great Shepherd whose lost sheep are found, thereafter sustained by your strength at all hours. We trust and You help, thus joyful praise sounds. Give praise to the Lord, you set apart souls, marvel at green pastures and creation's roar! May the Lord bless people with His Shalom, as songs ascend astride His Spirit's splendor!

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The Leaf in the Tree Hole

(look closely at the tree trunk.  Do you see it?  There is a hole with a leaf in it)   A thousand leaves near, beyond, ten thousand more, yet fallenness cannot dismiss the leaf in the tree hole. It is intact, stemmed, with color ordained, free from the vanishing, till time makes it fade.   It witnesses to me, this leaf in the hole, esconsed outside the kitchen, by the bay window. Leaf in the tree and I grafted-in, both it and I as if cleft of roc

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Rest Echoes

(after reading Proverbs 10:16-17) The just leans to life in ev’ry work, word and wish. Follow in his wake! The careless crumbles, yet repentance makes new bricks. Pavement shows his heart. “Obey” is mouthing the Lord’s Word within the walk. Works pause, rest echoes.  

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This Year

(Pondering Hebrews 9:11 and 9:14)* This year, the browning of falling leaves brightens more, the lawn, pumpkin-spiced.   This year, dependence feels more freeing in this trust. Regrets dry, grace drops.   This year, shedding limbs are more harbingers of good than of avalanche.   This year, Advent shines, dispensing hope around sin, dancing through shadows.   If this year's foliage reminds of the good things

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Set Apart by Love

(after reading Hebrews 7:26-27)   Jesus, set apart from sinners, by the love with which He touched us first, has now ascended as High Priest, although thoroughly acquainted with our fallenness, to be presented before Abba.   He who knew no sin knew us well, so much so that we jostled Him with questions the apostles lacked. As with Zacchaeus, He took us home and openly befriended.   The Master said the news of Him would go far, unto all

We Will Arise

(after reading Psalm 20)   We will arise and stand up straight,* fly our flags of victory—shout the Name! Adonai has answered through Yeshua HaMashiach: on the third day, Glory; we follow by His right hand.**   Some trust in chariots, some in the power that pulls. We trust in the Blood that washes white as wool.^ Help beyond the mountains^^ comes from the sanctuary of the God of Jacob, His Spirit for the weary.+ __________  * Psalm 20:8

How Humbling

When Jesus came into the world, the Spirit still abode within the Virgin to be lamp and light for ten new toes.   What traits could Mary claim to have helped form the One who wrought with His own hands the universe? Without word, submission.   How humbling, then, that hearers and doers of the word are deemed greater for their affection for the Living Lord.* ____________ * Luke 11:27-28

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What Things?

After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, he appeared to two puzzled disciples who were walking toward Emmaus.  The Apostle Luke describes the encounter (notice the verses that I bold):   LUKE 24:14-20 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them,

A Mercy Balm

Lord, You are greater than our conscience. You have gifted us Messiah’s mind. The summing of our fears, guilt, and chanced ifs are by the Spirit nullified.   Firstly, your forgiveness fashions ‘round our hearts a mercy balm. Lastly, we cannot merit the ransom You paid by heart, foot, brow and palm. When the mangling of accusation seeks to steal hope of New Life, we remember that Resurrection and Ascension give us rights.  

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The Fulness of Love

(The poem below, after reading 1 John 4:10-21 and 1 John 5:14-16, with particular focus on the bolded in 1 John 4:17 (KJV) ~ Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world)   Are we as God is? In this world, do we frame Him so that all men see?   This is revival, seen, pure: the Sin-bearer's love, the perfection of love.   Fearless before God, for He

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Currents of Life

The poem below, after musing about these passages from the Scriptures:     Psalms 11:1, 7 1 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain...?" 7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. & Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. The eagle

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End to End

When brooks are so clear, one sees the stones and surface, we touch, all, at once.   Likewise your grace, Lord, frees, end to end, the conscience,* awe gasps at fullness.   Brooks are far away yet echo “This is the day!” Our hearts and minds rest. __________ Hebrews 9:10; Hebrews 9:14    

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For Ever and Ever

Among the many Bible phrases in the English language which emphasize God's eternal being, one that stands out is "for ever and ever".   Of course, echoes of these words from "Handel's Messiah" might have subliminally influenced this observation.   I have never questioned God's eternal nature, but in studying the wording of "for ever and ever" I keep musing on and getting blessed over this:  concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 5:19 (KJV), the A

Harmless Lamb of God

I wrote the hymn/poem below after reading Hebrews 7:25-27 (KJV):   5 Wherefore he [Messiah Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.   26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;   27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own s

The Way

(after reading Acts of the Apostles 9)   To be in the Way is to call on the Name of Jesus. Though having not seen, trust binds a dream to reason. History attests the two covenants are married to the common thread of love of the Groom in all seasons, that He Who loved first would slake the thirst of the lost, starting with Jacob and spreading  abroad Pentecost’s Church.   The Way no longer waits, Spirit pours in Abba’s Kingdom. Our sons

Jeshurun

Heaven reels in song when any sinner repents, * as joy makes more room.   Angel anthems ring ‘round the elders and the throne. God’s will comes to earth!   Leaves, for touch to heal,  stretch to shade Mount of Olives, thousands of cures felt!   “Jeshurun”, whispered, ** crescendos on angels’ lips, hails love for the bride.   “Behold all things new!” *** finds fulfillment in the Son. Peace rejuvenates.

A Trusting Obedience

True faith is "trust-grounded obedience".*   The elements of trust and obedience are real, in-tandem, active:   Spirit-spurred outcropping of our confidence! We obey I Am, Whom we know, such knowledge so wonderful, it shows, this gives us strength and rest along the road of righteousness, one not of our own, yet freely giv'n, this garment of favor from the Lord.   Should mind condemn, trust-grounded obedience dons Christ's helmet of sal

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A Confession of Our God-given Integrity

The Apostle Paul prized a clear conscience and he coveted this mindset for the Church. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hear

What Is Given Up

King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) When blessing us, some sovereigns would yield up to half of their reign.* Yet, we have the right of an Esther beloved to ask for the fullness of the Kingdom of God.** King Herod Antipas When cursing us, some enthroned would give half of what they own.*** Yet, we have the right of a fervent John to immerse our hopes beyond martyrdom.**** The Prince of this World (Satan) When tempting Christ, the Deceiver would offer up the kingdoms

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