December 15, 2015 · 3:34 pm
Why do we tell our kids a lie,
Of that old man up in the sky,
And tell them that if they are good,
He’ll give them what they think he should?
But if they’ve been bad kids this year,
That old grey man won’t even hear
Their plea for what they want to have.
And so they learn to just be sad,
And to try harder every year,
To earn his favor and his cheer.
If this is how we’ve all been raised,
Why is it that we’re all amazed
That kids confuse that old grey man,
With He whose gracious, master plan
Was then to give his Son for us,
For us in our rebelliousness!
Before we knew the mighty task,
Or even had a chance to ask!
And so I hope you will this year
Participate in holy cheer,
As we all praise our God who gave
His only Son for us to save.
November 29, 2014 · 10:47 pm
Down to the sea in ships they went,
They went down to the sea.
They went as those who had been sent;
In ships down to the sea.
They went for business on this trip,
Each man upon the sea.
And so each loaded up their ship
To sail upon the sea.
But not soon after they had left,
As sure as they could be.
There came upon them something which,
They thought they’d never see.
The waves they reached up to the sky,
And soon they fell below,
Which made each man a passer by,
As each went to and fro.
So up they went and down they came,
Each man went pound for pound,
They put all drunken men to shame,
With how they staggered round.
The storm was more than they could bear,
The chaos wouldn’t cease,
And so they shouted out in prayer,
They asked the Lord for peace.
And then the Lord, with His right hand,
And from His heart of love,
He calmed the storm so every man
Was rescued from above.
So let each man whose life was saved
Tell what the Lord has done.
Let them in wonder stand amazed,
And in His Spirit, run.
May 23, 2014 · 12:58 am
Fish would say the whole world should be water. Elephants would call ivory the most desirable substance on Earth. Flutes would say woodwinds make the most beautiful sounding music. Those struck by lightning would say all the world’s funding should go to lightning research. Those raised by wolves who go on to live normal lives would swear it was how every kid should be raised. Only God knows how things should be.
December 11, 2013 · 12:38 am
Life is not all cut and dry. It is not all neat. Things don’t happen like they should. This is not an exception, it is the rule. We are all broken. Everything is broken. Life is not like I thought it would be as a kid. As a kid I had the belief that life was very predictable, certain, and neat. That if you did the right things and worked hard enough, things would turn out just as you planned them and you would be happy. Real life is NOT like that. It is not a formula. Life is messy, confusing, seemingly random, and broken. But the good news is that there is a God who is using this broken life in such a way that, when we look back on it from heaven, we will say “I’m glad it happened that way!” Only then will we realize fully what God was up to.
I think that this is the best of all possible worlds.
December 10, 2013 · 5:02 pm
Just when you think that all is lost,
God’s grace prevails again.
He intervenes despite the cost,
All for your soul to win.
For you for whom He gave His Son
To suffer in your place.
For you with whom He fought and won
To lift your lowly face.
And now He shows you everything
You thought you may have missed.
Good things prevail despite the pain,
The pain is but a mist.
The pain we feel was met before,
It is no new found thing.
This pain our silent Savior bore
That we may shout and sing.
That we, the ones who caused it all,
The ones who are to blame!
That we, the wretched of the fall
Would know no sin or shame!
What kind of God would do all this?
What kind of God is He?
Why leave a place of perfect bliss
To die upon a tree?
He is a God who cares for us,
Who left his throne above.
He is a God of selflessness,
He is a God of love!