Storm the Gates

Say goodbye to yesterday
For friends tomorrow comes
Leave the past
And future cast
For new battles must be won

Keep the lessons hard fought learned
And gird your loins to fight
Seize the day
And find a way
To turn darkness into light

No burden you need carry
For the Lord will take the weight
Deeply love
And look above
As you storm hell’s fiery gates

Hope of All

No more to wander
Weak and weary
Lost in a world
That’s dark and dreary
Light has come
In a manger born
The hope of all
On Christmas morn
A child to lead us
A Messiah to save
To make us whole
And make us brave
Lord Jesus Christ
The joy of heaven
The light of the world
To us is given
Draw near to the manger
The babe you’ll see
And by faith you’ll find
Your soul set free

That Simple Stable

Did the hay smell sweet
Beneath your head
Did the lambs
Come near to see
Did you know deep down
That you had come
All people
To set free
There in a humble stable
You came
Just as we had
To set our hearts
In a place of peace
In a world
Gone bat shit mad

And it’s me
As well
That insane lives
And does what I want do
Then I wander lost
In my doubts and fear
Living in
Such need of you
Draw me near again
Lord Jesus
A humble infant born
Who knows the life
I tend to live
Adrift
And much forlorn
Let me full embrace
The greatest love
That filled that night
With awe
As there 
In a simple stable
Heaven’s king
Slept in the straw

Angels

Hope is lost
On those who balk
At the sound of angel’s wings
Love eludes
The self absorbed
Who cannot hear them sing
Peace comes not
To those who look
But never see the heaven’s throng
Joy escapes
The hardened heart
That will not join their song

Angels move among us
Bringing good news for us all
Messengers of grace they are
For those who hear their call
So join the mighty chorus
Lift your voice in joyous praise
The heavenly hosts are singing still
In Christ the Lord come better days

Bygone Winter 

Through the frosted window
Lay a world awash in white
Rough edges now made smooth
Every surface now gleamed bright
Such it was for childhood snowfalls
All around a pristine sight
I sat transfixed at my small window
And watched the world awash in white
Later on I would hurry
Don my puffy nylon suit
I’d rush out into the beauty
Make my mark with well worn boots
The crunching sound of lost perfection
Came each time I placed my foot
The blanket subject to the eagerness
Of my winter’s day pursuits
A simple joy of younger days
A memory of the seasons past
I’m saddened by the memory
That the beauty could not last
And while I know in youthful zeal
The driven snow I did harass
That world awash in white
Would always melt into the grass

Take Heart

There will be days
when your camp’s surrounded
The enemy’s 
at every turn
There will be times
when your heart is pounding
as the fires of hate
around you burn
But have no fear
for there are angels 
The force of love
will overcome
Take heart my friend
and trust God’s goodness
You’ll stand up strong
when the fight is done
No more to fear
the slings and arrows
No more to hide
from evil’s face
For you have strength
beyond your seeing
The victory
is yours in grace

My Ask

It’s not your grace
That I don’t trust
It’s me that makes me pause
It’s not your presence
That I doubt
But my heart and all its flaws
Could it be
That I might be
A different man today
Than the man I saw 
Just last night
One worried and afraid
I guess I could
If I believe
The words I often speak
That you are strong
And able yet
When I am frail and weak
My ask O God
Is to be filled
With hope that sets me free
To be the man
You know I am
The man I long to be

The Bluffs

A bonnie lass
She walked the cliffs
Above the churning sea
To a strapping lad
Aboard a ship
Her heart she’d given free
Throughout the night
His deep voice called
To her ever restless soul
She stopped to listen
So to feel again
Love’s warmth against the cold

The storm raged on
As demons clashed
She tried in peace to wait
But on that night
Two lives were lost
As her strength gave way to fate
She spent her days
Upon those bluffs
Her tears brought greener grass
Yet she would be
Forevermore
Held captive to their past

So when you stand
Upon those cliffs
And look upon the sea
Listen closely
For the voice of love
That longs for what might be

Waves

He moved into the waves
their fight raging below the surface
It would be his glory
or his undoing
The power of the tide
evoked his courage
(or fueled his insanity)
Out beyond the shoreline
new adventures sang
their siren song
No great story is found
on the sandy edge
he said
Where the waves fall weak
is a place for the weak
There is life there
but no real living
There is time honest spent
but not invested
Riding the crest and fall
the mocking silence of the land
became a distant whisper
and he rode the waves
to his glory
or his demise

Any Road

If any road can get there
I’ll take this one
If I can choose my own future
I’ll lay claim to His
I’m no self-made man
That was disaster
Self made mess
Is the best I ever did
So when I found this way
I grabbed full hold
To follow one with power
And passion
Yet empathetic and loving
I’ll choose that road
Every time
I’ve just come to realize
I don’t need self-help
I need soul help
I don’t need coaching
I need forgiveness
I don’t need grand schemes
I need grace 
So
Choose your road
But if it’s not His road
The scenery won’t compare
If it’s not His Way
The company won’t either
Following Jesus
That’s the path I choose
Buen Camino