No More

Sink no more in sorrow
Hide no more afraid
Live no more so anxious
The price of hope is paid
Jesus Christ is risen
Evil can not win
Your heart is free to love again
Weighed down no more by sin
So join the mighty chorus
The singing praying throngs
Worship love’s true Savior
Sing out this best day’s song
Hide no more in shadows
Burst forth like morning’s sun
Jesus Christ is risen
And guilt and shame undone

No More

Unlearned

Can he heal me of my burden
Take from me the weight of sin?
Can he save me from the depths
And give me life anew again?

I can he whispered softly
As he drew me to his side
I can offer grace unbounded
And new life to those who died
It matters not where you have wandered
Only that you have returned
I’ll give you wisdom from the Father
Old ways together we’ll unlearn
Walk beside me quite intently
Give me all your heart and soul
You’ll find the Way not easy
Yet the journey makes you whole

So I left my guilt and shame
On the roadside where I stood
And I started on the journey
To become all that I could

Unlearned

Ash Wednesday

What bother to be mortal
To feel the failing soul
What burden to be human
Never truly feeling whole
But to recognize our frailties
To admit our bent toward sin
Allows us to find hope anew
And in Christ born again
For from dust we were created
From the mud our life was formed
The hands that made us human
Can our spirits now reform
A smudge of ash is our reminder
Death can never be outrun
Yet mortality is exorcised
In Christ new life is won

Ash Wednesday

The Humidity of Worship

The air was thick
With the sound of worship
It filled my nostrils
Invaded my lungs
And found its way to my heart
It ruptured there
And ruined me
Overwhelmed my system
And took me down
My knees buckled
My hands trembled
As I tried to adjust
To a new reality
Where grace and love
Became my air
And my water
Then soon enough
I found my footing
Gained new strength
And learned to live
Renewed
Restored
Redeemed
And the air is thick
Around me
Filled with the sound
Of my worship

The Humidity of Worship

What Folly

What folly to follow
A crucified Lord
What folly to seek
Life in him
What naïveté 
There is in such faith
That leaves nets behind
On a whim
But oh what is found
In the tomb opened wide
Where the crucified Lord
Once was laid
A life full of peace
A joy long sustained
A broken heart
Fully remade
‘Tis folly say some
And right they may be
As for Jesus
We choose now to live 
But we cannot deny
The courage and hope
That God’s grace
Through His Son always gives

What Folly

My Lifely Demise

I used to mourn my dying
but I’ve learned to live with it
Not my deathly dying
but my lifely demise
my old ways
wicked but savory in the moment
I used to bemoan my loss
of freedom to act out
but I’ve learned to live with it
Days come along
when I long to go back
to the fleshpots of Egypt
Enslaved?
Not even such a thought
In the wilderness I grieve
sometimes
for a false memory
But keeping in mind
my own deception
I’ve learned to live with it
The truth is this
I’m more alive in the wilderness
than I was in captivity
No reason to mourn my dying
when I live in grace

My Lifely Demise