He walked this world with skin like ours,
He felt our pain. He bears the scars.
To fathom God became a man-
How could this have been His plan?
One tiny life among the rest,
A baby born, God’s love shown best.
This man we’ve come to know as Christ,
Became the way. The truth. Our life.
He stood the brutal testing strong,
We were worth it all along.
His love and passion deeper still,
Than removing choice or our free will.
To let us choose to love and know,
Desires set within us flow.
Guided by our Father’s hands,
Our feet tread sure on rock, not sand.
Quiet down and close your eyes-
Breathe in the life where beauty lies.
Let go of all that weighs you down,
We are His love, creation crowned.
Don’t let your heart be dismayed,
We have the truth. The life. The Way.
“However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves. We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;”
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 AMPC
God did not choose to put his treasure into perfect vessels, but he chose us. In all of our imperfect ways. He put his only son on this earth to be a treasured find for us. He did not wait for us to get it all figured out before giving us this gift. The value of perfection is easily explained, but me? It is only through God’s perfect power that I am who I am today.
No matter what happens in the outside world or to our physical bodies, when we have Jesus we have an eternal (and internal) treasure. The fact that God loves me enough to give me this treasure amazes me every time I stop to really think about it. And I should think about it. Often. This reality forms a sort of force field on the inside that sheilds my heart from the debilitating effects of evil and affliction. I am not crushed or trapped in despair. I am not destroyed, but I am safe in love. I am rescued.
Lord, I am so grateful to be trusted to hold this beautiful treasure. Thank you for the love and salvation through your only son. Thank you for the sacrifice to save me. Thank you for being my knight in shining armor. I love you too. In Jesus’ name amen.
A wrestle in the darkness can feel a lonely thing
But when I trust in Jesus, there is a victory
Maybe not the way I wanted
Maybe there will still be pain
Maybe answers seem too distant
And maybe this is where I am supposed to be
When a struggle seems to be unending
There is strength building underneath
Maybe not in ways I notice
Maybe there are despairing days
Maybe freedom seems too obscure
And maybe here is where I find the key
When all else fails and I am empty
There is room for God to fill me fully
Maybe not with what I wanted
Maybe He knows a better way
Maybe His love is all I needed
To trust His hands with strength to carry
Burdens I bear can feel like safety
To lay them down seems an impossibility
Maybe not because I want them
Maybe I cannot trust in letting go
Maybe if I conquer the fear
Just maybe I will live the sweeter story here.
She was born with a dream
Full of life giving themes
A maiden in dresses
With curly brown tresses
A beautiful life it would seem
Yet as she would travel
Her life would unravel
Tearing apart at the seams
Her dresses were torn
By the roses with thorns
Still the scent of the flowers remained
As the sun rose above
Each new day filled with love
She gave what her heart still contained
By dusk she would find
Her heart empty of kind
Her dreams and her beauty were stained
The once young maiden
Now felt worn and heavy laden
She realized how much she had changed
She remembered the Hand
Who created this land
The life giving power above
Her God had been waiting
His love was not fading
Through Your wisdom
I have found
A source of energy
A life unbound
Your silent calling
I am aware
Each day I seek You
This world will fade
Where Heaven starts
And so I’m thankful
For every pain
My knees have dug
Where prayers have gained
Is gifted to
Received from You.
(Inspired by Proverbs)
Twinkling lights of Christmas cheer
Joyous tunes for all to hear
Brisker air is blowing through
Smiles are wrapped in all we do
As we rock around the tree
Remind us of the gift that’s free
A Father’s love with hands of grace
The manger holds a baby’s face
Born of Mary, God’s true Son
Promise foretold, the war is won
When Old St. Nick comes to town
Help me remember the bloody crown
Beauty from ashes, darkness to Light
Turns feeling forsaken to merry and bright
Denying our pain does not make it true
But the love of our Savior will strengthen you
The most perfect gift we could ever receive
Is already ours, in our hearts to believe.