Number 1

My God comforts in life and death for I know I am not my own, but am consumed by the faithfulness of Christ What I was was darkness a child of wrath yet, He Christ! was tortured mutilated for me This same God is surprised by no thing for he knows and preserves and keeps and…

We Appeal to You

We appeal to you to be who you are and have been and will be Have regard for the covenant Will you remember us? your hand your right hand is able Remember your congregation We appeal to you Remember your congregation, which you have purchased from old…Why do you hold back your hand, your right…

You Still Came

Before the foundations You knew what we would do and still what glory what mercy to see our shame fear murder lies guilt anger insanity sin and still made us alive Alive! You too, before the foundations assumed horrors terror suffering hate death sin You knew we would we did and you still came.  …

You Are Good, I Know

God is known for what He has done I wish I had such triumph but I know Him and He is good to others and me, too but, I feel His goodness in so many ways except in the ways that I don’t like in death and sadness and sickness and more sickness yet even…

We Recount Your Deeds

We recount your deeds but not just for me for him and them for her and us for past and present for what I remember and what is forgotten for the dead and alive corporate, private We recount your deeds.   We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is…

Psalm 23

“You call us to the valley not to destroy but to bless” You lead us into shadows unto our death Surely goodness and mercy says he shall follow thee All my days indeed be blessed Dwelling with God forever surely goodness indeed. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.      He makes me lie…

Lethargy

I never knew that in the pain we long to feel we long to be numb we are lethargy Grief morphs us from gleeful machines to rusty scrap unable to move stuck.

Eva

Alone in her mind But not even there more than alone disconnected Glassy-eyed and yet there’s a twinkle there hope, a joy there a time’s past there she’s still there. Heavenly Father, respecting the dignity of others gets very complicated, and I have a lot to learn. Grant me the wisdom and creativity I need…

Why, Brethren?

Why, brethren, are you sorrowful? And why, Father, do you leave them to wonder? The Father allows us to come and the brother, elder to us, unites us all the while being nourished by Him, invisibly So brethren, why are you sorrowful? Can you not taste and see? Can you not feel and touch? Can…

Spirit and Dust

Spirit and Dust Capturing realties She is spirit Body is dust Mom is away, gone, far We are here, still here, near Longing for presence Nurture Love Admiration Respect Aching for reunion.

When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield

Gospel Coalition Blog Post on Suffering below written by: Gavin Ortlund. Original Posting here. When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield Gavin Ortlund / June 16, 2017   I always thought sadness was a milder emotion. Other feelings—say, anger or love—are fierce, like stormy waves tossing you about. But sadness (so I thought) is more like a…

God’s Dwelling Place is With Man

God’s dwelling place is with man. This is a theme in scripture that we often attribute to the New Testament when Christ comes to earth as our Immanuel in the incarnation (and rightly so!). But, God’s dwelling place has been with man since God’s creation, and indeed, we can know that God’s plan to dwell…