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

Shadows

There is hope beyond the shadow
The sun shines bright
Behind the clouds
There is love and joy and peace
That yet prevails
Fear not the evil doers
Nor the thief that comes at night
For the Lord of Light
The shadow full assails

No Matter

The echo of the words
Rings loudly in my head
I know the truth
And trust in grace to save
And yet each seventh day I hear
The call again to come
To make the trek
And seek the holy nave
No matter where you’ve been
God says
No matter what you’ve done
Please come
And feel my presence
Let the angst now be undone
My child it’s the day
I made for you to rest
It’s much like every other
But really 
It’s the best
And so I’ll make my way
To the holy place of God
Not defined by any building or locale
I’ll gather with the sinners
Who long to become saints
And see a future promised without fail

Soul Food

The taste of sweet encouragement
Lingers in the soul
A friend who serves such hope
Is treasured gold
To set before a loved one
Such rich delightful fare
Is an act of love
And grace beyond compare
So prep the praises
Set the table
Make full and ready
Hope and peace
Tend to details
And the setting
Be a friend
And share love’s feast 

Winds and Wind

I have wandered far away at times
Chasing the random winds
But you came along and called me back
From my shame and guilt and sin
I’m simply thankful and humbled
That you’ve never resigned my fate
It’s beyond my comprehension
To know I stand at heaven’s gate
No more to follow a seasonal breeze
A rushing wind now fills my soul
I’m thankful, Jesus, for the life you give
And your Spirit’s breath that makes me whole

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

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

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

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