Our Reminder

This day is not the answer
To our struggle
But it is the day to meet
The One who is
To bring ourselves to church
Is no solution
But in that place we find
That we are His
It is easy to forget
And try and make our way
It is easy to believe
It’s up to us
This day is set apart
As our reminder
Looking in is not as good
As looking up
So gather 
With the other sinners
Sing boldly
With the saints
Let the voice of worry
Grow more dimly faint
God is real
And God is near 
There is nothing 
Now to fear
Heaven’s grace and love
Your life will sure sustain

Our Reminder

Fires of Fear

Our eyes sting 
From the smoke
Billowing 
From the fires of fear
Stoked by the fuels
Of intention
And injustice
We cannot escape
The acrid vapor
It follows 
As we move
CoverIng our faces
Turning our backs
Helps
Only for a moment
The smog of foreboding
Hangs still
All around

We need a fresh wind
Fight fire with fire
The rush of the Spirit
And the clean burning flames
Of Pentecost
Will let us breathe
Freely
Joyfully
Peacefully
Together
Come Holy Spirit
Use your Church
To clear the air

Fires of Fear

Let Nothing Be Wasted

The moments of my day often slip by
Too many times I live unaware
The beauty of this life is lost to me too much
Simply ’cause I pass and wander without care
Lord let nothing now be wasted
Let no encounter be denied
Lift my eyes to see another
Let me fail this day to hide
Give me eyes to see the hurting
Let me be surprised by grace
Take my heart and make it tender
Take away protective space
Far too often life has slipped by
Far too often I am lost
Stuck within myself I fail to see
And my soul has paid the cost
Let nothing now be wasted
My heart is yearning to be free
Pull me from my place of hiding
Every moment let me see

Let Nothing Be Wasted

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

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