SEEDS SOWN TODAY

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May the seeds I sow today
Bring blessings tomorrow:
Love, hope, peace;
Kindness and generosity;
Faith, goodness and joy:
May the harvest be so abundant
There is plenty to share
With everyone around me.

JESUS, YOU ARE

Jesus, you are healer:
Every injury and disease
Of spirit, soul and body
Must yield to your loving hand.

 

Jesus, you are Savior:
Every part of darkness
That would seek to imprison
Shatters in your presence.

 

Jesus, you are Redeemer:
All things and every person
Who was hopelessly lost
Has been found and ransomed by you.

 

Jesus, you are my All in all:
Every day, thought, circumstance;
Even my very being
Is hidden in you.

 

Jesus, because you are God
And we belong to you,
We are new creations;
Vessels filled with your very presence.

 

Thank you.

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

(Based on Matthew 5:16)

 

In the darkness of night
And the tumolt of storm;
When violence threatens
To bring in harm,
Let your light shine;
Let it be bright
the most troubling darkness
Can’t stand in the light.

 

In deepest of sorrow
And perplexity strong;
When heaviness tries
To steal your song,
Let your light shine
Lift your lamp high;
Deliverance is coming;
Salvation is nigh.

 

Oh, God’s precious people,
Who are called in His Name,
You are made holy;
You’re not the same;
Let your light shine
So others see
The Lord’s wonderful goodness;
To Him be glory!

THERMOSTATS

The thermostat on my wall
Just seems to hang out there
Withno concern at all;
It hasn’t a single care.

 

Unlike the thermometer
Tracking inside and out:
Thermostat controls the heat:
That’s what it’s all about.

 

So it is with God’s elect,
Called to change atmospere;
To have a profound effect
On people far and near.

 

We are not called to follow
The fads that come along;
But as we God to all show,
We strengthen the Spirit’s song.

 

So rise up each righteous one:
Let Jesus shine through you;
As brightly as the sun,
In God’s glorious love and truth.

GUARANTEES FROM PSALM 91

This is what Psalm 91 guarantees us.  Each declaration is written in the first person; feel free to read it aloud to yourself and your household:
God is my refuge.  I trust in Him and am safe.
God’s faithful promises are my armor and protection.
God’s huge, outstretched arms protect me; under them, I am perfectly safe.
He fends off all harm.
Even though others succumb all around me, I will be safe.
Evil can’t get close to me; harm can’t get through the door.
God commands His angels to protect me wherever I go.
His angels catch me and keep me from falling.
God gives me the best of care.
God is at my side in the hardest of times.
My God rescues and honors me.
God gives me a long life.
He gives me a long drink of salvation.
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And one from Psalm 112:
My heart is secure.
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(Developed from the Message Bible’s translation of Psalms 91 and 112)

FAITH

Precious is the faith of a child,
With joyful believing
And open receiving;
They blithely declare without doubt.

 

Deeper still is the faith of one
Who knows disappointment,
A heart in sorrow bent;
Who declares with strong conviction.

AGREEMENT

Jesus believes in you;
He has from the very beginning,
Even before you could find a single reason
To believe in yourself.

And if He who knows all
Has such great and wonderful confidence,
Wouldn’t you do well
To agree with Him?

JESUS SHALL REIGN

It is impossible to read or watch the news these days without being assaulted by stories of murder, terror, disasters, tragedy and everything else that is negative or hurtful.  That even goes for me:  I read through headlines on one site; then I’m done.

With all of these troubles in mind, I give you the perspective of an old hymn:

GOD’S LOVE

God’s love is everlasting:
It will never end,
Even if we stray
And don’t turn to Him again.

 

God’s love is deeply knowing:
He sees every part
Of how we are made,
The true nature of each heart.

 

God’s love is freely given:
Not for us to earn;
It’s the expression
Of fire that will ever burn.

 

God’s love is poured out on you:
One so dear to Him;
Held close to His heart
In light that will never dim.

LIFT THINE EYES

This beautiful piece was written by Felix Mendelssohn.  It’s part of his oratorio, “Elijah”

 

It comes from Psalm 121

I’m learning it for Sacred Music, a recital in May.  Mine is the second soprano part.

 

Enjoy!

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