Unmask the Glory

Unmask the glory

Hidden from faces

Eyes twinkle glimpses

Of smiling embraces

Where is humanity

Behind these veils

Hidden in sight

Joy of life pales

Layers peeled back

Of a way former lived

Shadows of simple

Light hits hidden gems

Shrinking from crowds

Pulled deeper in

Bask in the goodness

God pours from within

Streams in the desert

Becoming more real

Words on a page

Truth you can feel

Return to creation

As it was intended

Realm of His beauty

Where hearts are mended

Touch blades of grass

Breathe deeper the air

Recalling the purpose

That’s always been there

Grace in the tree tops

Stones cry out truth

From chaos to calm

Like an elder to youth

Father of mercy

Let your goodness reign

Teach me compassion

Thy way, in your name.

Exodus 33: 18-19

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Take Heart

We travel far and reach abroad

Endlessly searching for life

Step by step we soldier ahead

Numbed by a false sacrifice

The pain we endure in the journey

Gathered and kept in a vault

Secrets left hidden will hinder

And others are blamed at fault

Slinging and slander will follow

A soft fitted mask becomes real

It is vital to wake from the slumber

Before acting becomes the appeal

Check in with your heart and wonder

Remember the things that felt real

Under a canopy of kindness just wait

For the steps that God will reveal

When the path is dark and impossible

And no light ahead can be seen

Pause and breathe in His mercy

God’s love comes through in extreme

No matter the darkness or difficulty

If the way you are led seems true

Your heart can discern its Creator

Listen to the wisdom come through

Dismantle the overthought questions

Let peace in the unknown grow

Close your eyes and take a moment

To settle on what you know

Who I trust is Jesus my Savior

And His are the words that are best

His ways are beyond comprehension

Start here when put to the test

In this world he promises trouble

But take heart He has overcome

In hard times it is also worth knowing

That God’s good Word will be done

New Normal

Shedding the scales of the old ways

Believing the new ways will come

Forced to exist in a smaller domain

There is nowhere to run away from

A heavy storm of sickness and fear

Has washed across the earth

Page after page in a never ending chapter

What was our previous life worth?

Missing the chaos, we want to return

To places we knew too well

Somehow we know this is crazy

Yet our heart is too desperate to tell

The longer the pause, the more we settle

A chance to consider the past

Maybe this reset and unwelcome halt

Reveals we were living too fast

Reaching for things we thought would bring joy

Pursuing pleasure and lust and money

We forgot how to feel the pain of too much

And bitterness tasted like honey

A new normal set into the rhythm of life

Hidden things come bursting into view

Some things are dark and some filled with light

Most of which we already knew

The power to choose when the world opens up

Holds a chance for the life we desire

I pray that the chaos cannot recover

And the shadows don’t kill back the fire

There is a smoldering spark of redemption

Patiently waiting to burst with a hopeful flame

All we must do is fill with God’s love and recover

Knowing our stories will not be the same.

Advent

In a season of waiting

Each morning unfolds

Open hands to receive

The story being told

Clenched or closing

Refusing new grace

Shackles old thoughts

No mercy embraced

Sun rises slowly

Brings light to new ways

Trusting the process

Turns color from grays

A blanket of snow

Warms earth underneath

To bear the cold season

Hope springs new relief

For so many years

God’s people were yearning

A Savior foretold

A long time of learning

The birth of a baby

In a manger of hay

The answer to prayer

In the Father’s way

The King who came walking

Just like one of us

His holiness hidden

To love and not crush

This love that was given

Is heavy to bear

Yet when I receive it

I learn how to share

From Advent to Christmas

I must travel alone

Hand in hand with Jesus

To learn what He knows.

A Father’s Pen

I hear a voice calling me

Bend with the wind

Sway like the trees

Lean in and give

Movements of creation speak

Listen to the leaves

Hear the silence

Let go and grieve

On a journey to a Kingdom

Swim in the ocean

Fall into wildflowers

Live now in the open

Endless love offers hope

Look for the light

Rest in the shadows

Stay in the fight

A Father’s pen writes

Step into words

Slow and believe

Story unfolds

New chapter draws me forward

Accepting new seasons

Open hands receive

Strength has reasons

A Savior’s heart plays music

Hands offer grace

Words give water

Reflecting God’s face

I can hear the notes of mercy

Soak in the song

The voice calling me

Was His all along.

True Treasure

Dusted with joy

My waiting is sweet

What seems like forever

Light quickens defeat

Shadows uncovered

Hidden from view

Trapped voices start singing

Dead life becomes new

Like flowers through concrete

Hope reaching for life

Defiant in darkness

Beauty reigning in strife

It’s not in tomorrow

It’s not yesterday

It’s how we are living

With what’s given today

Taking a moment

Feel my feet on the ground

Imagine earth spinning

Yet stillness is found

Sun and moon rising

With each orbital spin

Daytime gives way

As light comes to an end

Eternally focused

I know light will reign

Dark only for moments

Heart fills with good gain

A small life of waiting

Like seeds in the field

Bursts into a harvest

True treasure revealed.

Life In Spite of the Scars

This Holy Book, where life is found

Rips up the hardness in my heart’s ground

Voiceless pondering, things of old

Solitary mining for treasures and gold

Lonely places in a discarded life

Filling with redemption as the bride of Christ

Hope and mercy, graceful love

Lands on the runway from Heaven above

No need to hurry or scrape for a chance

Your desires are known by a Father’s glance

Abiding in strength, when others see weak

I am learning to listen to a Man who was meek

Yeshua, Jesus, Mighty Counselor, I Am

Light in the darkness, like pearls in a clam

A heart that is open, and eyes that will see

Partake in the goodness meant for you and me

Do you sleep in peacefulness, and wake full of joy?

Life is a gift, like a child’s Christmas toy

Morning by morning, new life and new day

Truth and purpose, on my knees when I pray

No matter your worry, your sins, or your doubt

This Lover of souls will not leave you without

Redemption comes to you right where you are

In the middle of darkness, in spite of the scars

The wounds that burn will find ways to inspire

Your path has been lit by God’s Holy fire

He will use you to bring justice and might

Take up your armor, and prepare to fight

Your orders were written in the ink of blood

Rise and renew what sin has undone

We will never be ready with perfection in view

But sowing with hope, He will make all things new.

Beauty and Truth- Thoughts on Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.” (Philippians 4:8 The Voice)

Here is a final attempt to show the Philippians (and us) the way to experience peace. The battles of perplexity and anxiousness are won first in our thoughts. If we can fill our minds with the light of truth, all things will be seen more clearly. If we find our way to the beauty, and behold what is lovely, good, and right, our hearts will settle. Even when faced with the most difficult situation, or a person causing us to despair. We have no control over how or where they stand. Where I stand matters more than anyone or anything else. And what I choose to let my mind be filled with will determine my response. My actions are what others see. My words are what they will hear. What flows from my heart into the world will tell of the well it draws from.

My mind is the engine which generates judgement or love. Since God is the judge, I must generate love. Loving God should fuel loving others the way He loves me. I want to generate this love. So I must determine my steps by filling my mind with beauty and truth. What I let my heart feed on is the fuel for my life. Because my heart is the wellspring of life, I want to filter and protect its contents. Just like my water filter at home. I go to the best source of water I have, and then let the filter clean what I cannot see. Instead of judging others based on what I see, I want to let love and God’s truth be the filter. So much in our world seems dark, and yet I have seen light in otherwise dark places. Situations that seem to be lost causes, or stories of terrible events at the hands of people have moved me to look for the heart of the matter. Not to excuse but to look for redemption, the way God redeemed me. God loves with an unconditional love, and this is the way I am to love. It is a difficult thing sometimes, yet each day is a chance to judge less and love more. When I ponder judgement, my pride takes a shadowy stance on my heart. When I ponder how to bring forth God’s love and fill my mind with how He sees, there is light and peace.

Heavenly Father, You are a good and gracious God. Out of Your Heavenly Kingdom flows life and redemption. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to us as a human just like me. I am moved to tears when I think of this love. You did not reign down judgement, but sacrificial mercy and grace. Yes, there are consequences for sin, but I leave this judgement to You. Help me to see with Your eyes, and love with Your heart wrapped with mine. Let my hands and feet be in sync with Your plan and will for me. Fill my mind with Your goodness and truth. In Jesus’ name amen.

Drenched in light- Thoughts on 1 Peter 2

“But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!” 1 Peter 2:9-10

These two verses are sandwiched in between becoming new in the salvation of Jesus as our living stone, a spiritual house built just for us, and how we are to live in the “new nation”. We have a new identity, we belong, we are a treasure. In Christ all racial barriers and exclusions are erased, we became one in Him, and we are chosen royals in God’s Kingdom. Jesus is the foundational stone of our new home and all are welcome.

A sense of belonging adds to my identity. I belong to God. He brought me out of darkness and into His marvelous light. The fear of rejection or feeling as if I don’t fit in is not true in God’s love. When I slip into the shadows, His light is still there. I need to widen my gaze. Just as on a dark and stormy day when there is no end to the rain in sight, I can’t see the sunlight at all. But, I know the sun has not moved. Some of my favorite plane rides have been on cloudy days. As we fly higher off the ground and pierce through the clouds, darkness is instantly gone, and everything is bathed in light. Such a beautiful reminder every time. Darkness is real, but so is the light. And God’s light never moves or leaves us, we just have to rise up and lift our hearts to Him to see.

Lord, I am deeply grateful to belong to You. Forgive me when I act as if I don’t. Thank You for Your marvelous light. When I am weak, You are strong. You are my foundational stone, and in You I always fit in. Help me to live well as Your chosen one. Shine Your light in the shadowy places. Dispel lies with Your truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Heart of Redemption

When my spirit is grounded

The chaos fades

Like fog burning off

Sun on the shade

Brightening beauty

Revealing peace

Glimmer in shadows

Calm is released

Morning brings newness

Warmth to the sand

Flowers reopen

In the Creator’s Hand

Emerge from the cover

Of evening and stars

Rested and healed

From yesterday’s scars

Receiving the oils

Of gladness and love

Poured in extravagance

From Heaven above

Released from the shame

Let joy be your guide

Forgiveness and mercy

Held close by your side

Though Eden has faded

Her seeds still remain

A heart of redemption

Plowed well from the pain

Sow with a view

Of blessings to come

The barren will bloom

Thy will be done.