Children Grow

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We abdicate responsibility,
Give up whole lives willingly,
Devote an excess of time to inconsequential things,
Forsake family and friends
Seeking approbation or promotion,
Confidently assured of time.

Life is worth far more than work,
Office politics drive you berserk,
Ever changing goals impossible to meet,
Time spent chasing them
Invisibly robs peace of mind
And children grow as we borrow time.

Time will only wait so long,
How can we get it so wrong?
How much time to realise our time is now,
Do more of what you love,
Regain your peace and cease;
Work less and embrace life now.

Copyright wordz2Go May 2017

Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.’

Praise & Sing!

Winding Mountain Road

Can you praise in sadness,
Can you sing in faith,
When the road twists and turns
And your arms burn
From holding on?
Can you sing in sadness,
Can you praise in faith,
When your mood is low
And the tears flow
Down your face?

You can praise in sadness,
You can sing in faith,
You will come though
Your God walks with you
And will never leave.
You can sing in sadness,
You can praise in faith,
One set of footprints
When you couldn’t
Walk alone.

You can sing in sadness,
You can praise in faith,
You are never alone,
He hears your groans
And carries you.
Sing in faith! Praise in sadness!
God loves your brokenness,
As part of your wholeness –
Praise and sing
No matter what life brings.

Copyright wordz2Go May 2017
Matthew 5:4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’

Waxing Lyrical

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My holy relationship
Waxes and wanes
As if the moon’s gravitational pull
Controls me from its domain,
Bursts of enthusiasm
Are tempered by less effectiveness
When my Christianity
Hides behind my humanity,
When I focus more on my needs
Rather than the needs of others –
Until the moon cycles again
And holy focus is regained.

Copyright words2Go April 2017

Soul Colours

If –
Souls were coloured
And all could see,
What colour would mine be?
Would it be coloured differently
From Monday through Sunday?

Or –
Would my soul reflect my mood:
Some days somber and black,
Unable to crack the dark;
Some days, truly black,
Hard to get back on track.

Maybe –
My colours will get brighter
As my faith grows,
As seeds that were sowed
Mature and show
A happier coloured soul-photo.

Copyright wordz2Go April 2017

Guilt

I saw her,
And I did nothing.

Sitting on a low wall down a dark ally
Just off the main high street:
Clearly high on something,
Eyes rolling back,
Speech slurring as she called out
In Spanish.
I hurried my family past her,
Glad to be back onto a sun-filled street,
A street with happy feet.

We’d taken a short cut,
She was on a detour, possibly a dead end.
I’m not proud.
I saw her and I did nothing.
How many more will fail her?
How many more will walk past,
Observing but not seeing?
My soul was coloured dark that day,
I looked the other way.

I rationalised:
I was a visitor,
I didn’t speak Spanish,
I was only there for the day,
There must be some organised help around,
I wanted to get back to the beach,
In short – I felt no compassion.
I saw her, and I did nothing
She called out to me,
Now, I feel guilty.

Copyright wordz2Go April 2017
Matthew 25:40 ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me.’

The Easter Door

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Awesome! Magnificent God-become-man!
Ultimate guardian
Of the doorway to heaven.
Choosing not to remain
Veiled in the mist,
Descending to earth
With an aim to die,
To be crucified.

Astounding! Incredible God!
Creator of seen and unseen,
Of all that is and has been,
All that will ever be.
You came to earth,
Died to set all free;
The veil torn in two
Because of You.

Breathtaking! Mind-blowing God!
You died yet live forevermore,
Proving death foreswore,
So all may enter the door.
In exchange for Your life,
For all to be free,
Through resurrection,
You gifted redemption.

Majestic! Over-whelming God!
You take our breath away
Recalling the day
You were heard to say
‘It is done’.
All scripture complete in You,
Heaven awaits:
You opened the door,
Only You we adore.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
John 10:9 “I am the door, if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved ..”