NoZoom@TheInn

May you and yours be safe and close
This Christmas Day,
Tell how much you value them
In your life today.
This year is different from every
Christmas past,
People missing, traditions broken,
Plans hastily redraft.
Yet hope abounds in darkest times,
You’ll see it if you try –
It’s family quiz on Zoom or Skype,
Or dropping shopping supplies,
Bin men dressed as Santa
With Rudolph running by,
Insta-cards, on-line advent,
Homeless warm and dry.

Focus on the positives,
The things you still can do:
Bring out the Monopoly,
Play a game or two!
Celebrate the weird presents,
Drink the Sherry dry,
Leave no cheese to be unturned,
The Ritz are nearby.
Grit your teeth and smile awhile,
Kids creating noise,
Prancing, dancing round the room,
Squealing at new toys,
Sugar-highs from chocolate mice,
Liquorice lace and candy joys,
But kids are kids at Christmas time
So in all the noise, rejoice!

Pop outside to take a break,
The night is clear and bright,
The Bethlehem Star is shining
To show God’s love tonight,
This same star once hung
Above an inn with no Zoom
God came down to be with man
‘Though none could find him room;
The only people present
Were the poor as God live-streamed,
No iPhone to record the birth
As angel armies beamed,
No auto-text en-masse to man
No Instagram no Story dreamed,
Just FaceTime original,
God, with man, revealed.

(c) wordz2Go 24 Dec 2020

John 1 : 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Cappuccino Angel

I saw a woman
Wearing a cardigan today
Identical to one of yours,
I looked at her face
And hung yours there;
Your face,
Your brown arms,
Your gold watch and bracelet,
Even your cross
Around her neck
Despite the fact that
I was wearing it.
I yearned to touch her,
Give her a hug,
But to touch a stranger
In these Covid days
Is strictly verboten.
So I left her alone –
But to see you so clearly,
So close,
It did make me smile
For a while.

“Treat every stranger as if they were an angel”

(c) wordz2Go 18 Oct 2020

Restitution

Lord, Lord, we cry to you
From the depths of social isolation,
Our souls seek consolation, restitution,
As the enemy rampages,
Morphing certainty into uncertainty,
Forging fear and instability;
While the world recoils,
Struggles to form a cohesive
Response:
Masks displace hugs,
Kisses cast to the past,
Families separate
As the virus replicates, mutates,
Driving us to dark places
Of worry and anxiety.
But have we forgotten You?
Who can be against us
When You are for us?
You control the very storm
Threatening to engulf,
You are the cloudy pillar
Leading us forward,
The lamp beneath our feet
In days of darkness,
And the darkness will be overcome!
Strengthen us Lord
With the faith of Trust,
An Unmeasured and bounteous faith
Formed from the never ending love
Pouring out over your people
From age to age,
No different now than ever
And in which we must trust.
You saved us once and for ever,
For ever and ever, 
even today –
So, when fear says 
Run scared, run for the hills
We will trust, because we must,
Because no one and nothing
can remove love freely received,
The virus is deceived,
not us.

(c) wordz2Go Oct 2020 

Easter Praise

Praises sing
To Christ my King,
Hallelujah, You’re alive!

Death holds no fears,
Your promises
Hold fast and eternally last
Beyond our time or age,
Bound only by faith
And belief in me
As someone who could be.
You’ve shown the way
To beyond today
To more than we can see,
Your love for me,
Unconditionally,
Stretches every day,
Reminding me
You died for me,
You live for me to be.

(c) wordz2Go 12th April 2020

My Life-Sea

Tomorrow I will be baptised –

You, Lord, are my rock
In a turbulent sea,
In the highest waves
You reach out to me,
You whisper in my ear
That I’m strong in you
And I know
You won’t leave me
Drowning in life’s sea.

You’ve shown me, repeatedly,
That trust in you
Is repaid ten-fold,
You always hold
My head above water,
When my burdens
Pull me down,
Before I hit the ground,
You reach out to catch me.

However bad the day,
Every day is new with You,
With your love and strength
At work within me
I face the future
Unafraid, unashamed
To praise my forever-God
Who absolved me,
I will sing your praise unending,
Ten thousand years,
Then for evermore.

(c) wordz2Go Mar 2018

Psalm 103 King James Version (KJV)
‘’Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.’’

 

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 ..”

Lent 2017: Hope

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Your love surrounds me always;
In the darkness and uncertainty of life,
In the everyday strife,
I am held securely in the certainty of hope,
In the hopefullness of Your love,
In the loveliness of Your grace.
You hold my face in Your hands,
You look me in the eye and
Tell me I am loved, no matter what.
There are doubts and fears,
Indecision and apprehension,
Normal everyday tension,
But my prayer to You is a powerful
Release from the chains that bind me,
From the things that hold me back.
Over time, I can see You changing me,
Helping me trust You more honestly,
Thoroughly cleansing me
From all my troubles.
You, give me hope,
Help me cope
With what life throws at me.
Though I was far off, you met me
Where I was.

You give me hope,
Now and forever, Amen.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Romans 12:12 ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer’.

Lent 2017: Why Do This, For Me?

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How can I absorb the knowledge
That You died for me:
Slowly,
Painfully.
Was such action needed?
The sheer altruism,
Shocks,
Is unorthodox.
Why do this, for me?

Consider:
The emotion pouring out
From a God in pain,
His chest caving in,
Spilt blood creating a bridge
That no man can break.
Heaven and earth re-joined,
New life springing from death:
Two thousand years later
You set me free.

Why do this, for me?

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
John 10:10 ‘I have come that they might have life’

Lent 2017: Sealed Bargain

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We brought you some daffodils,
Stepping irreverently across the rows
To bring you a yellow halo-bouquet
On Saint David’s Day.
A Lenten time of reflection
On family blessings,
Memories accentuated
By the flowery perfume of
A love filled childhood.

A mother’s love reflects
The power of love modelled
By Christ on the cross,
Which opened the heights of heaven,
A perfect, once only sealed bargain.

Copyright wordz2go March 2017
1 Corinthians 13:13 ‘For the greatest of these is love’

Lent 2017: God is Good

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God works for the best in us,
Moulding us to serve,
Subtlety changing us,
Growing loving hearts and minds
And reminds us that his love endures forever.
God is overwhelmingly gracious –
He endowed us with free will:
God provides, man decides.

Without faith we suffer the vagaries
Of indecision, politics and all the
Forces that work against us.
Faith gives us a benchmark,
Independent of worldly considerations
And its limitations.

God is good,
He has loved us from the beginning,
Never wavering,
In his astounding steadfastness.

He will love us to the end,
Forever and ever, Amen.

Copyright wordz2Go Feb 2017
Matthew 28:20
‘I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’