Slowly Rising

Slowly rising comes the sun
As the day is now begun
And my heart is fully open
To you Lord
May my soul be made anew
By the grace I find in you
May I see the future you
Have now in store

The past is left behind
As my heart to you I bind
Asking you to help me
Never go astray
Yet I know if off I go
From the path to me you show
You will stay yet by my side
Throughout the day

So my soul will sing your praise
As my hands to you I raise
For your life has made my joy
Now quite complete
As the sky is filled with light
My spirit too is growing bright
In you my heart has found its true
And hopeful beat 

Slowly Rising

Slowly Rising

Slowly rising comes the sun
As the day is now begun
And my heart is fully open
To you Lord
May my soul be made anew
By the grace I find in you
May I see the future you
Have now in store

The past is left behind
As my heart to you I bind
Asking you to help me
Never go astray
Yet I know if off I go
From the path to me you show
You will stay yet by my side
Throughout the day

So my soul will sing your praise
As my hands to you I raise
For your life has made my joy
Now quite complete
As the sky is filled with light
My spirit too is growing bright
In you my heart has found its true
And hopeful beat 

Slowly Rising

Look Up

It’s easy to see
Only your shoes
If you watch
Your every step
It’s easy to miss
The world around
If never looking
To the right or the left
A smile given
Is never known
If you don’t see
The others nearby
A friendship lost
May be the price
Never knowing
And wondering why
Take a look around
This wonderful world
And see clear
This place where you live
A nod and a smile
A chat and a hug
May be what others
Are waiting to give

Look Up

This Wedding Day

Did I see this day
The day you came
And I held you
In my hands?
Did I see this day
When you would go
And leave me
For another man?
Did I consider
How my tears
Would flow
As to him
You gave your heart?
Did I know
My own
Could burst with joy
And yet
Be torn apart?
I praise my God
For what will be
This day when him
You wed
I’ll proudly watch
As you unite
And look with joy
At days ahead
But forgive me
If I harken
Back to days
Of bikes and shoes
For my little girl
You’ll always be
My heart
You’ll never lose

This Wedding Day

Waiting for aWedding 

Bravely they step
Toward a future unknown
Together
And hand in hand
I watch in wonder
And smiling pride
As the day
Unfolds the plan
Where will you go
And what will you see
As your life
Now takes this turn?
What future
Will God show you
What call
Will you discern?
May you never fear
Or lose your nerve
When the obstacles
You face
For God is there
And offers free
His much abundant grace

Waiting for aWedding 

Lines

What keeps us apart
But our own constructed lines
Construed divisions
Lines painted on the road
No law is written
Yet we stay in our lanes
Never crossing
Never seeing
What life looks like
Over there
We are the makers
And thereby the erasers
Of such imaginary lines
Changing lanes
Sharing the path
Is but a choice
An invitation
A willingness
To travel another’s road
Yet
Like towering barriers
The lines hold
We drive on
Moving the same direction
Yet safely in our space
When will we change lanes
Or better yet
Turn highways
Into wide walkways
Where we meander
Together
Without the lines

Lines

I Remember

I remember you
Of all the things I could say
That feels
Significant
Your passing
Doesn’t go unnoticed
Your life continues to have meaning
I remember 
Many moments
That together made you
So much of me
But it’s not the memories
That matter
Rather it’s you
That resides in me
I remember you
Your life
Your being
Your presence
I remember
Because you remain
And for that
I give thanks to God

(Dedicated to my dad on the occasion of his first birthday not with us)

I Remember

Stop Running

People running
A race to nowhere
Striving for riches
At a dangerous pace
What futility this
The human endeavor
What flawed way of being
We often embrace
Riches we hoard
Can’t buy what we need
They clutter our hearts
And our peace they impede
Convinced of the value
Of human success
We seek for ourselves
And ignore all the rest
But in the midst of it all
There is one who is other
One who lives not
For his own but for us
Jesus of Naz’reth
True Son of God
Offers riches abundant
From his place on the cross
If we lay down our treasure
And look to his grace
We’ll find greater riches 
And rest from the race
Stop running my friends
And seek what is true
Let your heart be transformed
And your life be renewed

Stop Running

Enough 

There is a clamor for perfection
Noisy gongs seem to abound
What good is being done
By this angry screeching sound
Enough already
Enough contentiousness and fear
Enough with all the push back
Enough with all the tears
Seek goodness in the doing
Find a better hopeful way
Stop tilting at the windmills
And adding to the fray
Now
Before you nod agreeing
Don’t be fooled by what I’ve said
This is not a public treatise
But the voice within my head
Each must listen to the Spirit
Wisdom given for the day
Each one living into goodness
Is the only hopeful way

Enough 

We  Are Risen

He is risen from the grave
And from death we’ve been set free
We are people who rejoice
For heaven’s beauty we now see
All in Jesus come to sing
Raise your hearts in joyful praise
For he’s risen from the dead
And we too in him are raised
New life courses through our veins
And deep peace is our grand prize
For we see the truth of love
No more hidden from our eyes
Let us gather in our places
Let worship fill our heart and soul
For death has been defeated
Our life in Christ has been made whole

We  Are Risen