Monthly Archives: December 2015


The path led me beside a creek,
Whose water flowed gently along.
IT was so peaceful and lovely,
I could only break out in a song.


Then the path turned up a steep hill,
Through a forest of large, old trees.
I had to breathe hard as I climbed,
Until I was brought to my knees.


At last, I was led to a place
Where I could relax for a while.
I laid on a table of stone,
Whose comforting warmth made me smile.


After resting, I journeyed on
Over mountains and rugged ground;
Through meadows and alongside streams;
To villages, cities and towns.


The path still leads ever onward;
To places I have never seen.
It has never taken me back
To where I have already been.


So every day, I continue
On the journey that’s set for me.
To discover, grow, live and serve,
Alone and in community.


I used to know my purpose,
The work I would do
As teacher and healer;
To help people through
The hard times and seasons;
Finding new ways
To understand life
And build brighter days.


My identity seemed sure;
My position strong
As person and woman
Who sings her own song.
Learning and growing;
Stronger each year;
Filled with confidence;
Conquering her  fear.


But everything I once knew,
The dreams that I held
Have shattered to pieces
And to the ground fell.
I’m actually okay with that:
I am at rest,
Because I’m left with
The knowledge that’s best.


All that I know is Jesus;
I trust Him alone.
It is Him I treasure;
He’s the only One
Who truly counts at all;
Savior and Lord;
Lover of my soul;
Jesus, Living Word.


Quiet my mind,
So I vcan hear my heart:
All the questions and struggles there.
Make my soul calm,
Until I can hear you:
The knowledge and wisdom you share.


Friend Stillness come,
So that I can listen:
To all that Holy Spirit says.
All striving leave,
Until I am able
To follow and worship God’s ways.


I trust in you,
Lord, my source and my goal:
I glorify your holy name.
May all I am,
Everything that I do:
Be anointed to spread your fame.


The baby who came at Christmas,
Sent from Heaven above,
Is the ultimate expression
Of God’s most intimate love.


He walked among the common folk;
Embraced humility;
The Lamb of God, he died for us
On a cross at Calvary.


But the story doesn’t end there:
He died then rose again
And sits at the right hand of God,
Ruler of Earth and Heaven.


Then God sent us the Comforter,
Who lives in each one’s soul;
Who counsels, helps and gives us grace;
Who quickens and makes us whole.


As we celebrate this Christmas,
Remember Easter, too:
Jesus was born and crucified;
Rose and ascended for you.


Can anyone see me
Here in this shel
So small and confined;
A place called my self?


Does anyone perceive
All that life is,
It’s deepest meaning;
Does someone know this?


And how about dying
And where we go;
All that have fallen;
Does anyone know?


“Yes,” says the Lord of life,
“I see it all,
No matter how grand,
How common or small.”


“I love each one deeply,
Close to my heart.
I never forsake;
I’ll never depart.”


“All living and dying
Is in my care;
Whatever happens,
I’m already there.”


“And even the mysteries
Only I see,
Are wisely governed
In my sovereignty.”


“Now rest in my strong arms;
Leave it to me.
I’ll love and keep you.
Through Eternity.”


1 Samuel 10:
6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.
21Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”  23They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.
The spirit of the Lord will come upon you…and you will be changed into a different person.  If that was true for Saul, how much more true is it for us who have the Spirit of the Lord living within?

Do whatever your hand finds to do because God is with you.
So often, we struggle and fall into confusion as we strive to know what God wants us to do.  In Philippians 2, we read, “It is God who is at work in us to will and to do his good pleasure.”
What would happen if we trusted God within more and spent less time trying to figure out His will?


God is the one who changed Saul’s heart.  This wasn’t something that Saul could have done in the first place; if he could have, God would not get the glory.  “Do it yourself” is not really in God’s approach; that kind of thinking belongs in self help books.  We do need to yield and cooperate.  However, God does not call us to change ourselves:  He knows that real transformation is beyond our capability; that He is the One who does the work in us.


I marvel at this:  Saul has the spirit of the Lord; he has been changed.  Yet he hides when it is time to be publicly pronounced king of Israel.  Dude!  What’s with that!
What was Saul really hiding from?  His destiny?  Some commentaries call this humility on his part.  I don’t think so.  I think he panicked.


The truth is, we have been changed by God; yet we often hide.  How futile is that!  Samuel and the people simply inquired of the Lord and He pointed Saul out.  Hiding from God:  Waste o’ time and effort!
He knows where you are, how you’re doing and everything else, even the things you don’t know about yourself.

So, what would be different if we stopped hiding?  How would our lives change if we laid down all of the busy-ness, performance, pretense and isolation, until we are transparent and absolutely available to God?

What happens if we believe ourselves to be who God says we are?

How would the world be changed if we boldly walk into the destiny He has for us?


The Eternal One knew you
In the secret place,
Before anyone had an inkling
That you would be someday.
He gave you good work to do
And made you to reflect His grace,
So that in everything,
You would know His perfect way.


The Eternal One still knows
All  that’s in your heart;
Your thoughts and feelings, wishes and doubt
Your destiny and call.
Each day, His affection flows
His Presence will never depart.
There is no time without
The Loving Lord of all.


And when it is time to go
Home to Love so true,
The Eternal One who planned your birth
Will hold you to His breast.
As you have been known, you’ll know;
As you have been seen, you’ll see too.
Precious one of great worth,
Come now and gladly rest.


There are times to contend
And times just to rest;
I’ts right to expect
That we will be blessed:
WE have a good Father
Who loves everey kid;
He wants us to find
The mysteries He hid.


There are times to explore,
Uncovering new things
That open our hearts
To the joy He brings
And new life found in Him
The true Source and Goal;
Whose loving presence
Is what makes us whole.


God is the mirror:
I gaze into Him and see myself,
According to what I believe about him.


God is the sun:
The light in my life is only seen
Inasmuch as I have come to reflect him.


Is created and defined by God,
In whom we live and move and have our being.



There are at least three tunes for this hymn, which isn’t surprising, given it’s antiquity.

The words were written by Charles Wesley in 1740.  I especially like them because of the hope they inspire.


1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise!
Triumph o’er the shades of night:
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till thy mercy’s beams I see,
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine!
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!
Fill me, Radiancy Divine;
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.