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It is a blindness to the beauty, with a clarity on the flaws 

It is the impulse to manipulate for what’s already been freely given

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It is the urge to compete with those who are dearest to us

It is the voice that taunts us from behind the mirror

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It is the compulsion to tear people down to what we unconsciously perceive to be our level

It is the willingness to trade our values for the approval of others

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It is the frequency that muffles every compliment, while amplifying the slightest criticism

It is the apprehension to speak for fear of sounding stupid

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It is the drive to control what was never ours to govern

It is the tendency to exaggerate our accomplishments, while denying our weaknesses

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It is the fear that if they really knew us, they wouldn’t love us

It is the unspoken sense that it would be better if we were someone else

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It is ultimately an identity thief

and

Its name is insecurity

 

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In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn to be loved, and each of us comes with the capacity to give love in return. We instinctually draw together in relationship with each other, and gather ourselves into communities.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we come from a God who embodies love, and who yearns to be in relationship with us.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for justice, and each of us comes with an inherent sense of when that justice has been violated. Even as small children, no one has to teach us to cry out, “It’s not fair!”

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we come from a God who embodies justice, and who would demand a price for sin.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for shelter from the storm, and comfort in times of trouble. Something within us inherently knows to run for cover, and to seek a place of refuge.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to partake of God’s Spirit, who stands ready to manifest Himself as the “Comforter”, and who offers a peace that surpasses our understanding.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for a sense of significance, and of belonging. It is within our very nature to fight wars, to fly banners, and to adorn ourselves in accolades, in order to establish our place in this world.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we were created in the image of God, and that we were meant to be the heirs of His Kingdom.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn to believe in something that is bigger than ourselves, and that is beyond what we can understand. From the beginning we are drawn to fairy tales, magic, legends, the depths of the ocean, heroes, outer space, Sci-Fi… or anything else that might carry us beyond the boundaries of what we have known.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to accept a God whose ways are much higher than ours and who can do abundantly more than we could ever ask for, or imagine.

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The day after your child is born

You realize that pain and discomfort can be worthwhile

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The day after you utter piercing words

You realize that hurt cannot be taken back

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The day after you are swindled

You recognize all the signs you should have noticed

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The day after you receive that “thing” you thought would change everything

You recognize that no “thing” has the ability to do that

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The day after you enact revenge on someone

You realize there is no satisfaction in it

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The day after you lose someone you love

You recognize the void they filled in your life

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The day after a “One Night Stand”

You find the emptiness within you

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The day after you forgive someone

You realize that it is you who have been set free

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The day after the “Dark Night of the Soul”

You find that God’s mercies are new every morning

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The day after a tragedy

You realize how blessed you were two days ago

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The day after you see one of your children step into their destiny

You find yourself being thankful for the sacrifices you made for them

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The day after you compromise on the things you truly believe

You realize the power of shame

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The day after you die

You’ll realize that how you lived really mattered

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The day after Jesus comes back

You’ll realize that the truth was never really negotiable

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(Proverbs 14:12)

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I could speak of the place that the Lord first found me

& of the great saints who have gone before

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I could tell of the mighty battles that have been fought

& of the miraculous deeds that have been done

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I could sing a hymn of God’s great holiness

& of the wonders of His ways

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I could paint a portrait of the splendor of the heavenly city

& of the angelic host that await us there

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But in truth

it is only the

faith

& hope

& love

that I carry within my heart today

that has the potential to change anything

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Last night, our daughter spent hours trying to convince one of her classmates not to end their life.  I wish I could say that this is a first, but all of our kids have been pulled into this sort of thing before.  It was late, and the situation was far from settled when I finally forced her off the phone.  This morning, she woke up troubled and exhausted.  As I sensed her emotional state, I was impressed to write it down.  Please pray for our young people, these are difficult times and their struggles are real.

 

Are You Still Here?

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As my eyes reluctantly crack open, I can see that it’s still dark

And I wonder whether you’re still here

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It was another night of tears and prayers

And words that seemed to fall to the ground

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I tried everything I could think of

But eventually, I ran out of things to say

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You seemed to have a counterpoint for every encouragement

And ultimately I could not carry you to a place you refused to go

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When we hung up the phone, I cried out to God

But I knew that He wouldn’t force Himself on you

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I know that you’re looking for someone who will take away the pain

But you’ve grown immune to the love that’s already around you

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No one has the strength to pry the hurt from your clinched fists

No one else can provide you with the desire to go on

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Hope can be an elusive thing

But it’s not because it’s complicated

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You don’t necessarily need to believe that things will get better

But you have to be open to the possibility that they could

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For whatever it’s worth, I really do love you

And it’s hard not to feel as though I’ve let you down

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I keep searching for a remedy

But the shelves of the medicine chest look empty

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So I lay here in the pre-dawn hours of the morning

And I wonder whether you’re still here

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I will call your name

But I will not plead for an answer

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I will knock

But I will not open the door for you

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I will invite you

But I will not beg you to come

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I will speak words of life to you

But I will not bend your ear

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I will set a table for you

But I will not push you into the chair

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I will love you with all my heart

But I will not coerce you to accept it

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I will bring you to healing waters

But I will not dunk you into them

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I will instruct you in the ways of wisdom

But I will not mandate that you learn

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I will warn you

But I will not compel you to take heed

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I will make you aware when you have strayed

But I will not turn you around

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I will guide you to a clear pool

But I will not induce you to drink of it

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I will give you food for thought

But I will not demand that you think

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I will bring you comfort

But I will not require you to be consoled

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I will unlock your shackles

But I will not take them off of you

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I will always tell you the truth

But I will allow you to believe whatever you choose

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I will prepare a place for you

But I will not force you to dwell there

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You’re the One who gave me breath

even though You knew I’d use it to curse Your name

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You’re the One that came off Your throne to find me

even though You knew I’d go my own way

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You’re the One who gave me freedom

even though You knew I’d use it to liberate myself from You

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You’re the One who gave me gifts

even though You knew I would use them to glorify myself

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But in Your sovereignty You also knew;

that one day I would bless Your Holy name,

that I would find that my way leads to death

and

that I would see that apart from You there is no freedom nor glory

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All praise and honor and glory be unto You O Lord

My hope and my salvation!

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