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You built us a private garden, where we could be together in the cool of the day

But we chose a land of our own.

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You came to us as a cloud by day, and a fire by night

But when You spoke directly to us, we asked that You stop.

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You tried to guide us from afar

But we killed Your prophets, and demanded an earthly king.

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You sent us Your only Son

But we nailed Him to a cross.

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You made it so we could encounter You face to face

Yet, we still seek Your glory in some mystical cloud.

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You invite us to come as little children

Yet we act as though You are unapproachable.

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You sent Your Holy Spirit to dwell within us

And still, we clamor for You to send something more.

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We claim to be grafted to the vine

But our branches remain barren of nourishing fruit.

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We’ve put Your name on our buildings,

But we’ve not made a place for You to dwell.

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What is man that You are mindful of him?

Yet, still You go to and fro about the earth,

looking for hearts that are truly yours.

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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have crushed the tender shoots

In pursuit of momentary thunder

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I would not bend to behold them

But fixed my eyes on what could not be reached

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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have forfeited a beautiful fragrance

For the smell of burning powder

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I would not reach to touch them

But gave my heart to a shower of evaporating sparks

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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have traded a living thing

For a fleeting burst of smoke

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There is a place where it all comes together

your experience

your intuition

your gut level instincts

A place where your passion, and intellect sing with one voice

In that moment you just know

and it seems inevitable

It is the triumph of the human spirit

And in the end

it leads to death (Prov. 14:12)

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Eyes to See

You have given us eyes to see:

Beauty in midst of ashes

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Value in those who’ve been discarded

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Folly within our own hearts

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You have given us eyes to discern:

The foolishness in what men call wisdom

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The evaporating worth of temporal things

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The emptiness of a life immersed in self

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You have given us eyes to find:

Peace within the storm

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Transformation through times of brokenness

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Hope in seasons of tragedy

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You have given us eyes to recognize:

The fear in the eyes of our oppressors

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The inherent deceptiveness of human nature

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Your fingerprints all around us

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Let those who have eyes to see

See!

(Ezekiel 12:2)

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We speak against hate, yet slander and mock anyone who disagrees with us

We advocate for the idea of unity, but unfriend anyone who doesn’t share our worldview

We petulantly rationalize our own acts of rebellion, while incredulously condemning the anarchy incited by others

We bemoan that no one has walked in our shoes, but then presume to know what other people think

We invest trust in people who don’t really care about us, while distrusting the neighbor, who’s never betrayed us

We convince ourselves that the problem is “Them”But this is “Us”

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Never really felt like I fit in

until I climbed into Your arms

Never really feel like myself

except when I’m with You

 

There are so many loves that I have known

but only One that can sustain me

There are so many seats that I could sit in

but only one reserved by You

There are so many songs that I could sing

but only one that makes You smile

There are so many things that I could be

but only one that fits Your hand

 

I know I could make them cheer

but it’s Your heart I want to touch

Not looking for the road less traveled

I want to go where no one’s ever been

 

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Now that I am on the other side

And the relentless pain is gone
Now that I am free of that broken body
And my tormented thoughts have been stilled
Now that my hope has become my reality
And I can view it from above
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I can see the times it was difficult
And you responded with patience
I can see the times you were exhausted
And you found another bit of strength
I can see the times it was hurting you
And you refused to leave my side
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In a season when my world got small
You chose to be a part of it
On the days I couldn’t remember who you were
You simply served in anonymity
During the most difficult miles of my journey
You decided to carry my pack

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There are no words to do it justice
But there is a special gift waiting here for you

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Denial refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem

Wisdom endeavors to see a problem for what it is

Fear magnifies and exaggerates a problem

 

Denial rationalizes inaction

Wisdom pursues prudent action

Fear produces over-reaction

 

Denial breeds apathy

Wisdom breeds contemplation

Fear breeds panic

 

Denial fights to maintain the status quo

Wisdom seeks a measured response

Fear makes a bad situation worse

 

Denial is emboldened by a stubborn will

Wisdom is empowered by a peaceful mind

Fear is fueled by a fruitful imagination

 

Denial results in complacency

Wisdom looks toward hope

Fear leads to desperation

 

God grant us the strength & wisdom to grab ahold

of the things you’ve placed in our hands

And grant us the faith & hope to trust You

for the things that are beyond our reach

And Lord, please give us the discernment to

recognize the difference between the two

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Beware of those who come with complicated, layered theologies, which require all kinds of specialized skills and knowledge in order to gain access to the things of the kingdom.  This is a predictable tact that men take to elevate themselves in the eyes of others.  Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  He then added, “whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Hear your Father bid to you, “come up here”.  

 

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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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