Grace

I saw grace
Flowing 
Like a waterfall
But a drop
Is all I could grasp
The more I tried
To take hold
The less I seemed
To have
Tangible
Yet elusive
Frustration
Made me wonder
If grace
I could know
In any measure
And then
Everything changed
When I stopped 
I stopped grabbing
For grace
And instead
I cupped my hands
Watched them fill
And took a drink
Suddenly
I was revived
Refreshed
Hydrated
With living water
So often I grab
When I simply need
To receive

Gold From My Undoings

You spin gold from my undoings
Creating beauty from my faults
You make something from my nothing
From my sin your love is taught
There is no force upon the face
Of the earth that can compare
To your ever-present Spirit
To the grace you freely share
So I bow before you Jesus
As there’s no one else I see
Who can bring forth unseen wonder
From the mess I’ve made of me
Lift my life beyond the hopelessness
Take my heart and make it new
You’re the future I can’t fathom
And the love I dare pursue

I Wait

Grace enough to breathe
Is what I long for
Grace enough to find
A way to see
Grace enough to overcome 
My sorrow
Grace enough to live
And fully be
Grace is what will save me
A gift I don’t deserve
Grace can fill the deepness
Overfill my dry reserve
Lord your promise 
Is my talisman
That holds in it my fate
I cling to what you offer
And on your healing touch
I wait

Holy Fare

The bitterness
of dishonor
sat acrid
in the depth
of my soul
until you 
offered to me
holy fare
even though
I could not
pay the price

The feasting
stirred my hunger
for more
for good
for nourishment
so each day
I return
accepting 
The invitation
I sit
at your table
and eat
my fill
and there
I find life

Heavenly

I rise 
above the heavens
and step 
upon the stars
I see 
as if I’ve never seen before
the wide expanse
stretched out around me
the beauty 
fills my very soul
And I discover
I am free 
forever more
unshackled
from my heartache
unburdened
by my sin
I am given
to a universal peace
ever certain
of God’s love
that lives within me
ever hopeful
to become
what I might be
I live
as one now given
sweet release

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 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 

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

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