He was kind Handsome Swept me off my feet I fell into his arms Then They came to arrest me Caught in adultery A deed against the law Punishable by Death As people throw stones Dragged into the middle of a crowd Some Man was speaking Interrupted I hid my face from Him Everyone found out what I had done There was nowhere to run My reputation tarnished My life about to be gone The Rabbi said not a word Simply wrote on the ground The crowd stood in anticipation I waited with no defense for myself He gave the command For the first stone to be thrown By the one who had never sinned In their own life before One by one they fled No stone was thrown My Lord stood there alone He saved me from the Law Because I was still alive He let me go Can a person’s life really change For the better He changed mine Because I’d received A Love and Forgiveness I neverContinue reading »

I saw You Laying on the ground Covered in blood Flesh peeling back Unrecognizable Gruesome Broken Crying Tears flowing Why won’t You Get up? Why won’t You Fight back? Why don’t You Use the power You hold? Why Hold back? Over the years I’ve struggled To see the plan To make sense Of this Yes, before I was born I saw You Suffer and die For me But this moment Replays in my mind Get up, Jesus Defend yourself! Unleash the wrath You should have Towards those Who oppress You They are Yours They belong To You Don’t You remember Don’t You see The pain is too great The suffering too long Death too frightening As it is for me I ask once more Why are You doing this? Why are You taking Such punishment? In this very moment You look up at me To reply “So you don’t have to.”

I am an Angel; one of many. I have been sitting here for hundreds of years. Rarely called upon, for some odd reason. So, I simply watch and watch…and watch. I’ve seen so many things. I have so many stories to tell. Would you like to hear? Would anyone listen? Perhaps. These stories aren’t stories. No. They are the lives of people I’ve seen, heard…and cried over. They all seem to look this way and ask: “Why didn’t You save me?” One particular occasion: The Throne Room was filled with angels. A chill in the air. Silent, as the man walked down the Great Hall, enormous columns seemed to envelop him. He knelt at the Throne, rather composed, yet his fists were clinched. I flew forward, resting on the edge of a balcony to listen closely as he spoke: “What happened?” The man began to rock back and forth. “What did I do to deserve this? Did I not do everything You asked? Did I not obey to the lastContinue reading »

I called But You didn’t answer I reached for You But You didn’t extend Your arm I cried for help But You didn’t dry the tears I pleaded with You But You stayed silent still The hurt was deafening The pain only increased The pills added to my sorrow No signs of relief I turned to doctors The best there could be Examinations to MRIs Then, Chemotherapy Nothing seemed to help The hospital walls Were closing in on me Desperation set in Turned to despair Depression looming Does it mean You don’t care? Heaven’s Gates opened wide You called to me, finally I heard Your voice so clear Now, I am here My family, my friends All ask how could this be I see their tears Broken smiles Questioning… But I look into Your eyes At last to see Just because You didn’t Heal me Doesn’t mean You don’t Love me

The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. -Matthew 13:45-46 KJV Looking for happiness and fulfillment, we were roaming through the vast and empty fields of this world. We did not yet know the Lord, so in order to quench our insatiable thirst for meaning and success we drank from every source and fountain we could find. All these springs promised us the world. But after we drank we fell ill. We got sick, for the waters weren’t pure and crystal clear. Those waters were contaminated and left us empty and dry, still searching for the truth and real meaning. And then we stumbled upon the pearl of great price. We came face to face with the Kingdom of God. Jesus was standing before us and the door was open. But in order to receive that pearl and walk through that open door we hadContinue reading »

You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You’ve never failed and You won’t start now Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior This song by Hillsong United has exploded on the Christian music scene across the world. It describes exactly how I feel; it touches a place deep inside my heart where a fountain of tears resides, ready to flowContinue reading »

Doubts and fear you can do without. They are not your friends. Their advice is never valid. They tell you to run and hide. You are no longer cared for and protected. And that can be a terrifying feeling. It has been said that the power of the devil is rooted in fear. But we have nothing to fear because we have Jesus, who called the devil the father of lies. But the One who cannot lie has promised to look after you. God will not leave you alone in times of darkness. Once a group of laborers was ordered to cut down all the trees in a certain section of a city park and started their work with zeal and enthusiasm. However, soon they came to a certain tree that was housing a robin’s nest. The mother bird, sitting on her eggs, appeared to be terrified. “We can first cut down the other trees,” said the foreman, who had a soft heart. Two days later, still busy cutting downContinue reading »

Better to enter into life maimed or crippled than to be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire! – Matthew 18:8 With these words, Jesus forever dignified those who suffer with disabilities, handicaps, or challenges. To modern ear, these words which advocate for the value of the disabled are familiar. Many modern groups speak for the rights of the most vulnerable among us. However, this was not always the way society thought. Jesus lived in the First Century, a time when many religions were idolatrous and superstitious. What modern people call “mythology” was seen as true religions by the ancient peoples. Part of these mythic religions, often, was a worship of the perfect physical form. This was extended to the belief that one could not enter into paradise or heaven if the body was not intact. To mutilate a body was to deny its entry into the religion’s “heaven”. This was the reason for the outrage during the Trojan War, when Achilles dragged Hector’s defeated and lifeless bodyContinue reading »

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Love Potencies

Love is spilling in overflow
coursing through heart channels
in blissful contentment

Dancing with love
tunes the inner instruments –
God is the maestro
orchestrating oh so splendidly

Blaze bursts explode
in the fire of love displays –
What compares to love?
It’s in a class all by itself

Love rings
Who answers its calls?
God arranges –
Who plays?
The glory of love trumpets
and resonates in resounding clarity.

The chords, notes, and beats
line up in harmony –
Rhythm syncs with the
channels of awe

The vibrations of love
stimulate and penetrate
to the core of hearts –
God is witness
to its power and potency –
Of course, God is the author
of the manifold love currents –
Indeed, we are blessed
with the rewards provided
by love in vivid manifestations
for us to partake of and share.

Song of Solomon 8:7- KJV
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: . . .

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) Samuel told King Saul that God said to attack the Amalekites and completely annihilate them including the women, children, and animals. The battle was waged and the Israelites attacked the Amalekites, just as God had commanded. Unfortunately, they also kept the King of the Amalekites and the best of the animals. As a result, God sent Samuel to deliver the message to Saul that since he had not obeyed, God was removing him from the throne. When Samuel calls Saul on the carpet about not destroying everything, Saul claims he saved the best animals to sacrifice to God. So first he partially obeyed, which is basically saying “I will follow Your instructions, but only the part I want to.” It is the same as the temptation of Eve. God saidContinue reading »

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Friendship Delights – Part Two

Days ago in Rest in Hope, I posted Part One of “Friendship Delights” that shared about the bond of David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Another favorite bible friendship story is that of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah became widows, as did Naomi. After her husband passed, returning to her homeland, Judah, was Naomi’s mission. Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they’d go with her to her people. Naomi discouraged them both, but Ruth persisted. She said to Naomi these words from the book of Ruth 1:16 – KJV, “. . . Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” How touching is that love, loyalty and devotion?

Naomi convinced Orpah to return to her kinfolk, but Ruth refused to be deterred. Off she went with her mother-in-law to a destiny of which she likely had no foreknowledge. Upon reaching and settling in Judah, Ruth listened to her mother-in-law’s wise and timely advice. Subsequently, Ruth gained Boaz as a husband and he gained a jewel of a wife. Ruth conceived and birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Little known is that, according to the genealogy in Matthew 1:5, Rahab, the harlot, — Joshua 2 — was the great-grandmother of David.

Ruth 4:18 – KJV:

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:5 – KJV:

. . . And Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

Note: The spellings of the subject names differ in the Old and New Testaments.

I end this with a salute to my nearest and dearest best friend, Arnetta, who has passed on, but memories of her remain solidly in my heart. Ours was a proven and treasured friendship — indeed. The photo that accompanies this piece is of Arnetta and I from “back in the day.”