More Like Love

“I just wanna look more like love.
This whole world is spinning crazy,
And I can’t quite keep up.
It’s the one thing around here
That we don’t have quite enough of.
So I just wanna look a little more
Like love.”

 

One of my favorite songs . . .

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“Throne of Glory” (A Christmas Poem)

Throne of glory filled with hay, there in a cattle stall
Majesty, on it was laid, our King and Lord of all.

Lifter of my head as babe who couldn’t lift His own
Latent power, love displayed, the King lay on his throne.

Manger held the King that night whom cribs did not accept.
He who has so loved the world, the world would still reject.

Good Shepherd slept among the sheep for that was his path
to willingly lay down his life for lambs deserving wrath.

Humble Savior, King enthroned upon a mound of hay
Star awakens souls to sing Him everlasting praise.

“Behind the Scenes” (An Advent Poem)

Before we knew it, Jesus was alive on earth
in the womb,
human heart beating, little feet kicking,
viable,
vying for us
from the beginning.

Take heart, He is with us.

When He’s behind the scenes
when we’re still waiting,
He’s growing
a plan into fruition
for our good, for His glory.

Carefully arranging
fulfillment of the prophecies
as the baby grew,
pushing them toward Bethlehem,
He shaped their paths
“as it is written.”

So while we were still wandering
still hoping,
still longing,
the Messiah was already here—
behind the scenes
about to make His entrance.

~~~

I wrote this poem after contemplating something I had never given much thought before: Jesus spent nine months in the womb before Christmas. While Mary, Joseph, and some others may have known the Messiah was en route, most Jews would have been completely unaware that their Savior, though unseen, was already on earth. Nine months before Christmas, Jesus already had His human DNA, and His body was being formed. He was already God incarnate. And He was not far off.

How true it is for us as well—that many times when we believe God is far off, He is doing something important and amazing behind the scenes, doing things instrumental to the fulfillment of His promises and will. In due time He will reveal to us His purposes. And in all times we can trust Him for He is good.

Amazing Words from an Advent Devotional

A Facebook friend recently shared an online Advent devotional she’s been doing recently, and I decided to check it out (you should too!). Each day (or most of them) has a song, poem, Scripture, and devotional portion. Here is one poem I read that is so touching and full of truth.

The Coming
by R.S. Thomas

And God held in his hand
A small globe. Look he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce
Color. The light burned
There; crusted buildings
Cast their shadows: a bright
Serpent, A river
Uncoiled itself, radiant
With slime.
On a bare
Hill a bare tree saddened
The sky. Many People
Held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.

~~~

Wow.

El rosa me llama desde el papel

El rosa me llama desde el papel

“Ojo, ojo! es tu amigo fiel

Soy yo, el amigo que te mostré el amor

Soy yo, te encanto cuando salgo en el flor.”

Ah sí, yo recuerdo, oyendo mi nombre.

Y el rosa grita, “ven y comparte!—

El amor que te mostré (porque ya tú sabes)

Quedará en el papel si tú no lo vives

El que te mostré ya no es bastante.

Qué lo hagas, qué lo hagas” el rosa me dice.

Nothing less, nothing more

I added a new verse.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

My hope is built on nothing more
Than Jesus’ love forevermore
His grace sufficient for my sin
In this pow’r I’m born again

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand