Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Where is Hope?

When you take a break from something, do you ever have a hard time rejoining that activity? I have so missed being able to join in with the Haiku Poetry Challenge offered by Ronovan Hester over at his site, Ronovan Writes. 
So when his words for this week's prompt showed up in my inbox yesterday, "Hope&Stay," I thought I would jump right in: those words are just my style!

But the weariness of a full weekend caught up with me, and the words were nowhere to be found. In fact, the ENERGY was nowhere to be found either.  So once again, I paid attention to my "inner voice" and let the waves of weariness wash their way to the shore.

All the better for the listening,
because our heart
speaks more clearly
than our minds ever could. 

The mind needs time and rest
to catch up to what
the heart already knows.

 Arms of Hope

If weary I fall

Strong arms securely stay me

God, my hope restores


Jesus, My True Hope

My hope is secure

Not in my own strength resides 

On Jesus I stay.


 (Thank you Mariah Hanson for this original photo!)

Are you watching the waves now?
Is there a washing of the heart
flooding over you too?

I pray this song by Matt Maher will bless you
as it has blessed me:

 "Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him."

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An Eye of Forgiveness

Is there no one here to speak for me?
She had cried out in her shame.
Buried beneath a sin so deep
With no way to escape
The judgment poured down on her.


But Jesus stepped into the crowd
Bent down on the sand
And waited, waited for her
Those without sin to cast the stones.

Woman, He asked,
Where are your accusers now?
None stood here without sin.
Neither do I accuse you then.
Freedom became her theme.

Another woman bore a shame
She knew her part in the sinning game
But saw in Jesus’ eyes
Forgiveness calling her out
Mercy drawing her in.

From the depth of her freedom
Came a Love stronger than shame
For ONE had pled her case.
An offering for mercy’s sake
Of much she was forgiven.

Alabaster jar broken open
Fragrance filled the judging room
A washing clean had happened
Worship spilled the tears there
As Love was finally free.

Jesus pled their cases
Jesus spoke up for those
Who could not speak

You can read the stories of these two women, the first one in John 8:4-11, and the second one in Luke 7:36-50. Jesus brought each of these women into a life of forgiveness, something the leaders of his day were not expecting. To the first He said:  

“Then neither do I condemn you,”  
Jesus declared. 
“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

And to the second He spoke:
“Your faith has saved you; 
go in peace.”

My own heart has been taken up in the stories of those around me, friends and neighbors, who have found themselves in need of rescue.  

When the world condemns, 
and even at times the Church ignores, 
where is the true Body of Christ to be found? 

Am I so willing to speak?
Am I so willing to forgive?
Am I so willing to bring in?  

Oh, friend, may we take 
and love with the same
so freely given to us.  

May we point to the
that only our Savior can give.