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

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 

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

Past and Future

We all have 
some guilt to run from
We all have 
a shameful past
We also have
a Savior
who longs 
to hold us fast
Grace is not
just for the table
Hope is not
for home decor
There is freedom
and renewal
a pardoned life
in Christ the Lord
So forget
what lies behind you
and strive 
for what’s to come
Let the life of Christ
redeem you
as to His future
you now run

Past and Future

Standing

I stood quietly
Watching in the distance
You stood attentively
Gathered up in the one
Who stood before you
Kindness was lifted
Upon the cheek 
Of your smile
As you gave yourself
To one in a stir 
Calmness was carried
By your soft words
And I found myself
In this world
Feeling lighter
If only for the time
That I stood
And watched

Standing

You

You are not
Your best achievement
You are not 
Your worst mistake
You are not
Your greatest talent
You are not
The life you fake
You are not
To be discarded
You are not
The angst you hold
You are not
Without great value
You are not
A story best untold

You are
Cherished by your Father
You are
Redeemed by Christ the Son
You are
Buoyed by the Spirit
You are
A loved and precious one
You are
Free to live in happiness
You are
Held fast in the Way
You are
Now a new creation
You are
Given life this day

You

Ready

We’re ready
To sing praises
We’re ready
To draw near
We’re ready
Yet unworthy
We’re ready
Yet we fear

We’re ready
Though we worry
We’re ready
But are you
We’re ready
Gracious Savior
We’re ready
Make us new

We’re ready
To come back today
We’re ready
To come home
We’re ready
To know peace again
We’re ready
To be whole

We’re ready
Please receive us
We’re ready
Please forgive
We’re ready
Though unworthy
We’re ready
Now to live

Ready