Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thank You, Father

Father, thank You for this day,
For the privilege to pray
For communion with the King,
And a song of praise to sing

Thank You Father for the way,
You lead Your children day by day
Though all things to You are known,
To us, just what we need is shown

Thank You that Your grace is high,
Above, beyond the reach of sky
Yet it grasps the lowest soul,
That yields itself to Your control

Thank You that Your strength is there,
When all our own is weak as air
That You lend to us Your arm,
To lift us from the waves of harm

Thank You for the gift of hope,
That is to us a telescope
Bringing near what's far away,
And making clear a better day

Thank You Lord for Your commands,
That each enables its demands
Though impossible alone,
With You to fail is never known

Thank You- O how weak the word,
But it so graciously is heard
By our Father and our Friend,
From whom all good gifts do descend!

Monday, May 20, 2013


      Quietness. Yes, the highway roars. Let it. It’s quiet here. The miracle of acquiescence is more beautiful with every encounter. I see why Christ lived between the mountain and the multitude. Quietness. True quietness. Not merely a change of decibels, but stillness in the soul.

      Quiet is natural for some of us. In the flurry of work and school and home life and ministry,  we're quiet. We wonder that the more verbal in our midst do not run out of words. But there's a quiet that is deeper than lips. It knows the tone of the Still Small Voice when the soul is silent.  

      It’s the stillness that stood when mobs screamed, when demons raged, when all the powers of darkness bent their bows against Him. And He opened not His mouth. Usually the calm comes post storm. But He had stillness in it. 

      Life now is merely full. Mobs don't surround most of us on our way to work. But in the multitude, where's the quiet? We can't carry the stillness of a mountaintop in a bottle.

      …In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength… Isaiah 30:15. Returning...  repentance...  surrender...  acquiescence.

Oneness...  communion…  strength…  rest… 

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Here are a few snapshots of quiet times from recent life. ;) 

Morning walk

Lessons of unity in a square foot

Family memories

Empire Mine

Scheming up a sunny surprise with my sister... :)

A Sabbath picnic...

NEWSTART supplies for Yosemite—good thing we had the bus!

Like water to thirsty eyes... 

Back to the multitude

The cherry stand