Lent 2017: Social Blindness

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We are called to serve,
To be of use in society
And bring Christ to others.
We may be
The only Christ that people see,
Social blindness
Inhibits human kindness.

Become more socially aware,
Learn to share,
Share your voice, your hands, your time,
Look around, use your eyes:
Have patience with the lonely lady at the till,
Speak to the old man ambling up the hill.
Smile at the group of bored teenagers,
Pass the time of day with them,
They’re not a different species
Just ‘cos they wear hoodies.
Speak to the homeless by the shop door
Offer kind words to warm their bedroom floor

It could be you or I
Who needs a stranger’s touch,
Is it really so hard
To offer human kindness,
To realign life’s compass?
Be kind,
Not blind.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Luke 6:31 ‘Treat other people as you would like them to treat you.’

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Lent 2017: Sacrifice

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What greater tribute
Than sacrifice
Could have been made
By God above
To show His love
For man?
When we were far off
He met us where we were,
Atoned for our sins,
Past, present and future,
His death the suture
Of love.

I live in continual amazement
At His sacrifice.
Greater love has no man
Than to lay down his life for another,
He was no man yet I am his brother.
Tied by invisible bonds
I bow before Him,
Acknowlede His superiority,
He does not see
My inferiority
And so deemed me worthy.

Copyright wordz2go March 2017
John 15:13 ‘Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’ friends’.

Lent 2017: Your Word

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To find the right balance
Between earthly saintliness
And practical usefulness.
Help me to listen to you,
To make time to rest in your word
And not just to be rushing around
For fear of running aground.

The seas are high,
The current of life is strong,
Strong enough to carry me astray,
Far from your pathway.
Your word is the chart
I need to follow,
It is a lamp for my feet:
You make me complete.

You will help me,
To ensure that I
Am neither useless nor too saintly
So that I can find my place.
You will help me,
Your word will guide me,
I will trust in you
Because your help is true.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Psalm 119 ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’

Lent 2017: Do Not Be Afriad

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You are my strength and shield,
Always.
Who else can I turn to,
Who else would always be there for me?
In the depth of the night
When my brain is wide awake,
Thinking too deep,
Far too deep for sleep:
You are there,
Always.
When daytime worries
Constrain me,
Restrict my ability to think,
I drink
From your well:
You are there,
Always.

When I feel small and afraid,
When others put me down,
When my confidence slips:
You are there.
You knew me before I was born,
You will follow me all the days of my life,
You will lead me home:
You are there.

Always.

Copyright wordz2Go March 2017
Joshua 1:19
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”