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the door

I was reminded of this poem leading our recent Evangelism and Witness consultation, some abbreviated words by Sam Shoemaker – The Door “I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world – It is the door through which […]

first!

“Father in heaven! You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of […]

you

“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is […]

daily bread*

“There’s a restlessness in the soul of man Nobody’s tamed it yet You never fail to keep any promises But somehow we forget That you’re always right on time You feed us all with a silver spoon And like your foolish kids We start worrying about what we’re gonna do When the hunger comes again […]

essential

“O God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining, or thoughtful. O God, let something essential happen to me, something awesome, something real. Speak to my condition, Lord, and change me somewhere inside where it matters, a change that will burn and tremble and heal and explode me into tears […]

unbelief

“God in heaven – guardian of my heart, my fingers are aching from my attempts to play the right notes. My feet are tired from walking a path for which my shoes do not always feel adequate. I’ve been busy examining my faith and wondering if it is big enough – but of course faith […]

epiphany

by Walter Bruggemann “On Epiphany day, we are still the people walking. We are still people in the dark, and the darkness looms large around us, beset as we are by fear, anxiety, brutality, violence, loss — a dozen alienations that we cannot manage. We are — we could be — people of your light. […]

light

“Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see. Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today. Longing for peace, our world is […]

grace

I was chosen by God, Not because of any good thing I have done. I have a robe and a ring. I’m a son. Not because I deserved it. Or, had enough means to earn it. Or, could read enough books to confirm it From the beginning he’s been wooing me, Pursuing me, Winning me. […]

dance

Invisible Trails – by James A. Pearson Follow the invisible paths Walk upon the high places The sides of mountains The edges of planters along the road And when the trail gets too narrow to walk Keep your knees bent And your feet light And your eyes on what calls you And dance along its […]

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