The Cure

Carried by unseen currents we sail
To the sea of life’s bitter end
Tainted waters offer but illness
No mantra or potions defend
The cure of the plague is unworldly
The answer must come from beyond
A transfer of life whole and healthy
Given freely to those who respond
No longer to live by our thinking
But to let holy influence guide
The love that heals and transforms us
It’s now living water we ride

Stepping Up

I’m stepping up into the glory
Of the God who stood for me
Raising hands in sweet surrender
For in Christ I’ve been set free
I’m bowing down in sad contrition
Knowing where I’ve often been
I’m taking note of all my failures
And confessing all my sin
Grace is many sided
Bring joy and yet such grief
But to live in love’s abundance
Brings my soul it’s true relief
So I’ll worship with the sinners
Seeking yet to be called saints
And I’ll step up into the glory
Of the God whose heart awaits

Halfway Place

I live halfway
Between anguish and joy
Both by choices I make
And truth I avoid 
Pains of the past
And hope for tomorrow
Evoke peace uncompared
And deeply felt sorrow
Others around me
Are near and yet not
I’m held in suspension
In limbo I’m caught
But I trust in my God
My hope founded in grace
One day I’ll be free
From this odd halfway place

Speak Again

Speak again
Your quiet promise
Of a day that’s still to come
Speak again
To hearts divided
Of the truth of battles won
Lord raise your voice
Above the clamor
Let the hope
Of love ring loud
For this world
So lost and broken
Needs to know
Where life is found
Lord speak again
And speak it true
We’re desperately 
In need of you
In need of you

Humility

Taken captive
A dark hood
Roughly forced
Over my head
I’m transported
To a dark 
And isolated place

Humility 
Is thrust upon me
Quietness 
And seclusion
Often sought
Yet their presence
Not chosen
Feels harsh
And cold

I am aware
It is the same place
The same destination
Of two journeys
It is the violence
Of the events
That craters my soul
Instead of lifting it

Or maybe
It’s how I choose
To focus on the path
And not the place
Humility’s power
It seems
Is in my choosing

The Cost

Are you willing to pay the price
he said
as I followed close behind
There’s life to be had
but a cost incurred
if more’s what you wish 
to find
It’s not a payment you make
or a debt taken on
it’s a willingness
to let some things go
You’re invited to come
but you won’t know
the joy
if lesser dreams
you cannot forgo
Then he smiled
a knowing smile
and said the cost
is well within reach
So follow my lead
to the depth of God’s heart
and you’ll find
the life that you seek

The Journey

I face mountains all day long
The climbing wearies
There are demons and devils
There to slay
But my legs have the muscle
And the sword is in my hand
As the Spirit within me
Makes a way

I’m an ordinary man
Who found a life to rightly live
I’m a sinner
Who knows the gift of grace
I walk the hard narrow path
Confronting troubles as I go
But travel on
As Christ Jesus sets the pace

Such is life 
For those who would seek it
Domination of dread
Is common fare
There is power not our own
For the battles to be won
As we make our way
To hope from deep despair 

No Matter

Do you know it doesn’t matter
That thing you did
Again
That mistake you make
Over and over
The decisions that keep hurting
More than helping
It’s no matter
Not for God
Oh surely God cares
Especially when your thing
Impacts others
Who also matter
God longs to see you get it right
To live rightly
To love truly
But when you don’t
God still does
You can’t make God love you more
Or less
God’s love for you
Is unbounded
And powerful enough
To overcome all those regrets
Of those times
When you got it wrong
Again
I thought you should know
You can’t stop grace
And that matters
Peace

Screw the Talk

I don’t wanna cry no more
I wanna shout
I’m more pissed off
than I am much put out
fighting for what does not give
while sons and daughters cease to live
screw the talk
and your righteous disregard
babies runnin’ free and easy
without hope
daddies praying while they’re
clinging to their rope
but we live strong and ever free
they are them and never we
screw the talk
and the condescending scorn
fear is rising all around
and all about
people huddle closer in
push strangers out
disconnection is their answer
but worry keeps on like a cancer
screw the talk
and the words that sow discord