ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY – II

By far, my most popular post has been an Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony originally released in November of 2009. So I have decided to write a new one. You can see the entire ceremony here and download it by clicking on this link if interested:

https://app.box.com/s/v4dlj59j7bqe0tfc4ei4

Original 2009 Ceremony:

https://app.box.com/s/ie7fllgeakmtm384b2je

Week 1 (Hope):

Pastor: Jesus, be the light in our darkness.
As we light the candle of hope,
we pray for those feeling hopeless.

Pastor: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
All: Lord, fill us with hope. Hope of a new day. Hope that all fears are removed. Hope that our worship will please.

Pastor: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
All: Hope that doors of opportunity that seem locked will be opened. Hope that broken relationships will be restored. Hope that diseased bodies will be healed.

Pastor: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:19-20
All: Hope for something more than ourselves. Hope that damaged trust will be revived. Hope that flailing churches will be renewed.

Pastor: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
All: Hope does not disappoint us. Hope is fulfilled.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Week 2 (Peace):

Pastor: As we light the candle of peace,
we pray for all who suffer the consequences of war and for all victims of violence.

Pastor: The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. – Psalm 29:11
All: I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
Women: We need peace.

Pastor: Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14
All: I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints— but let them not return to folly. – Psalm 85:8
Men: Our present peace and our eternal life hangs on this work of Christ.

Pastor: LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. – Isaiah 26:12
All: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Women: Peace starts with a smile.

Pastor: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10
All: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5
Men: God wants us to be at peace.

Pastor: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, – Romans 5:1
All: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. – Luke 2:14
Women: We trade fear and anxiety, He provides peace.

Pastor: You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12
All: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, – Romans 14:17
Men: We look for peace in the wrong places.

Pastor: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
All: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. – Jude 1:2
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Week 3 (Joy):

Pastor: As we light the candle of joy,
we pray for the heavy-hearted.

P: The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. – Ps 19:8
All: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Ps 16:11
Men: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. – Ps 28:7
Women: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. – Ps 67:4
All: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.

P: Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! – Ps 81:1
Men: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.

P: Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. – Ps 95:1
Women: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!—

Week 4 (Love):

Pastor: As we light the candle of love,
we pray for those who have never felt love,
and for those who struggle to love others.

M: Love is patient
C: It is not hurried

M: love is kind
C: It is not harsh, rough or hurtful

M: It does not envy
C: It knows no other Gods

M: it does not boast
C: but only in Christ

M: it is not proud
C: It is humble

M: It is not rude
C: It is polite, refined and civil

M: it is not self-seeking
C: It is thoughtful and compassionate

M: it is not easily angered
C: it is understanding and sympathetic

M: it keeps no record of wrongs.
C: it forgives

M: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
C: Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.

M: It always protects
C: never endangers

M: always trusts
C: never doubts

M: always hopes
C: never fears

M: always perseveres.
C: Love never fails.

All: It always succeeds.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Christmas Eve (Christ):

M: Jesus, be the light in our darkness. As we light the candle of hope,
C: we pray for those feeling hopeless.
M: As we light the candle of peace,
C: we pray for all who suffer the consequences of war and for all victims of violence.
M: As we light the candle of joy,
C: we pray for the heavy-hearted.
M: As we light the candle of love,
C: we pray for those who have never felt love, and for those who struggle to love others.
M: Jesus be the light in the darkness,
C: that we might reflect your glorious light into the darkest corners of our sin-filled world. Amen.

M: “He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)
C: What John the Baptist did for Israel, Advent can do for us.

M: We need a savior. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
C: Let every heart prepare him room.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Sing to the Lord a New Song in 2014/2015

Sing to the Lord a New Song in 2014/2015

It was popular last year, so I am doing it again. Here are my “new song” recommendations for each of your Lectionary-based worship services in the upcoming church year. On many of the Sundays I have included a choice of songs.

Email me at sjbrown58 “at” yahoo “dot” com if you would like a copy of this file.

Contemporary Song Choices for 2014/2015 based on the Lectionary Readings
Date Song Title Writer Scripture Ref
Nov 30 Advent 1 Since the World Began Mac Powell Isa 64:1-9
Dec 7 Advent 2 A Baby Will Come Bill Wolf Isa 40:3-5
Jesus, Son of God Chris Tomlin Mark 1:1
Dec 14 Advent 3 Our God Saves Paul Baloche Isa 61:3
How Can I Keep from Singing? Chris Tomlin 1Thess 5:18
The Way Jeremy Camp Jn 1:5-7
Dec 21 Advent 4 Born That We May Have Life Chris Tomlin Luke 1:26-38
Dec 24 Christmas Eve We Have a Savior Reuben Morgan Isa 9:6
Emmanuel (Hallowed manger Ground) Chris Tomlin Lk 2:6-7
Dec 25 Christmas Day Glorious Day Mark Hall Jn 1:1-2
Dec 28 Christmas 1 Name Above All Names Tim Hughes Isa 45:22-24
God of Justice Tim Hughes Col3:12
Build Your Kingdom Here Rend Collective Col 3:14-16
Jan 4 Christmas 2 I Will Sing of My Redeemer Chad Cates Eph 1:1-7
Sing and Shout Matt Redman Eph 1:1-8
Let Our God be Praised Michael Farren Eph 1:3
You Alone Can Rescue Matt Redman Eph 1:4
Salvation’s Song Stuart Townend Eph 1:13
It is You Peter Furler Eph 1:7-8
Jan 6 Epiphany Mighty to Save Reuben Morgan Isa 60:1-3
Children of God Mac Powell Eph 3:6
One Small Child David Mecce Mt 2:1-12
Jan 11 The Baptism of our Lord Like a Lion David Bashta Acts 16:25-26
Jesus, Son of God Chris Tomlin Mk 1:1
Jan 18 Epiphany 2 Word of God Speak Bart Millard 1 Sam 3:9
They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love Peter Scholtes 1 Cor 6:17
Jan 25 Epiphany 3 Go Fish Micahel Schmid Mk 1:17-18
Feb 1 Epiphany 4 You are Able Christy Nockles Dan 3:17
Lord I Need You Matt Maher 1 Cor 1:30
Redemption Song Marc Byrd 1 Cor 1:30
Feb 8 Epiphany 5 10,000 Reasons Matt Redman Ps 103:1-5
Feb 15 Transfiguration Farewell to Alleluia To the tune of “Ode to Joy”
Open the Eyes of My Heart Paul Baloche
Feb 18 Ash Wed The Scandal of Grace Hillsong United 2 Cor 5:20-21
Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin 2 Cor 5:21
Feb 22 Lent 1 Counting on Your Name Tim Hughes Rom 8:31-39
Across the Lands Getty & Townend Rom 8:34
Jesus, Son of God Chris Tomlin Rom 8:35-39
Whom Shall I Fear Chris Tomlin Rom 8:38
Mar 1 Lent 2 Awesome in This Place Dave Billington Gen 28:17
Amazing Love (You Are My King) Billy Foote Rom 5:8
Grace Like Rain Todd Agnew Rom 5:8
Sweetly Broken Jeremy Riddle Rom 5:8-11
White Flag Chris Tomlin Mk 8:34
Give Me Jesus
  1. Ortega & Jeremy Camp
Mk 8:36-37
Mar 8 Lent 3 The Scandal of Grace Hillsong United 1 Cor 1:23
Mar 15 Lent 4 All Because of Jesus Steve Fee Eph 2:4-5
And Can it Be? Bob Kauflin Eph 2:4-7
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us Getty & Townend Eph 2:4-9
Grace Alone Scott Wesley Brown Eph 2:5-9
Wonderful Maker Chris Tomlin John 3:16
This is Amazing Grace Phil Wickham Jn 3:16
Jesus Saves Jeremy Camp Jn 3:16-17
Light has Come Matt Maher Jn 3:19
Mar 22 Lent 5 Be Glorified Chris Tomlin Jn 12:23
Be Lifted High Chris Tomlin Jn 12:32-36
Mar 29 Palm Sunday Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin Php 2:1-11
Like an Avalanche Joel Houston Php 2:1-16
Lamb of God Twila Paris Php 2:6-11
Hosanna Brooke Fraser Mk 11:9
Hosanna (Praise is Rising) Paul Baloche Mk 11:9-10
Apr 2 Maundy Thursday Make Us One Twila Paris 1 Cor 10:16,17
Apr 3 Good Friday Lead Me to the Cross Brooke Fraser Heb 4:15
Lord, I Need You Matt Maher Heb 4:16
Nothing but the Blood Matt Redman Heb 4:16
Your Grace Finds Me Matt Redman Heb 4:16
Apr 5 Easter (Dawn) First Song of Isaiah Jack Nobel White Isa 12:2-6
In Christ Alone Getty & Townend 1 Cor 15:51-57
Across the Lands Getty & Townend 1 Cor 15:54-55
Mighty to Save Reuben Morgan 1 Cor 15:54-55
Christ is Risen Matt Maher 1 Cor 15:55 & Jn 20
Let God Arise Chris Tomlin 1 Cor 15:55
Resurrection Hymn Getty & Townend 1 Cor 15:57
Apr 5 Easter This is Amazing Grace Phil Wickham 1 Cor 15:20-23
All Because of Jesus Steve Fee 1 Cor 15:22
Apr 12 Easter 2 Arise Paul Baloche Acts 3:19
Like a Lion Michael Bashta 1 Jn 5:4-5
Apr 19 Easter 3 In Christ Alone Getty & Townend Acts 4:11-12
Your Name Paul Baloche Acts 4:12
Nothing but the Blood Matt Redman 1 Jn 1:7 & 2:1
Apr 26 Easter 4 You Are so Good to Me Ben Pasley Acts 4:31
Because of Your Love Paul Baloche 1 Jn 3:1
Lost in Wonder Martin Layzell 1 Jn 3:1
Children of God Mac Powell 1 Jn 3:1-2
How Great is the Love? Paul Baloche 1 Jn 3:1-5
May 3 Easter 5 I Need You More Marc James Jn 15:5
May 10 Easter 6 The Highest and Greatest Tim Hughes 1 Jn 4:4
Jesus, Son of God Chris Tomlin 1 Jn 4:10
May 14 Ascension Jesus Saves Tim Hughes Acts 1:8
Jesus Saves Jeremy Camp Acts 1:8
Glorious Paul Baloche Acts 1:10
Glorious Day Mark Hall Acts 1:11
The Scandal of Grace Hillsong United Eph 1:18
Open the Eye of My Heart Lord Paul Baloche Eph 1:18-21
Overcome Jon Egan Eph 1:20
May 17 Easter 7 Alive and Running Kristian Stanfill 1 Jn 4:14
My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness Getty & Townend 1 Jn 4:18
You Never Let Go Matt Redman 1 Jn 4:18
Jesus, Son of God Chris Tomlin 1 Jn 4:19
The Power of Your Name Paul Baloche Jn 17:11
The Name of Jesus Chris Tomlin Jn 17:11
May 24 Pentecost Awake My Soul Chris Tomlin Ez 37:4-10, Acts 2:1-3
Holy Spirit Rain Down Russell Fragar John 14:26
May 31 Holy Trinity I See the Lord Chris Falson Isa 6:1-3
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty Matt Maher Isa 6:1-8
Our Great God Fernando Ortega Isa 6:2-6
Wonderful, Merciful, Savior Dawn Rodgers Rom 8:14-16
June 7 Pentecost 2 The Way Jeremy Camp 2 Cor 4:6
June 14 Pentecost 3 Overflow Matt Maher 2 Cor 4:15
June 21 Pentecost 4 By Faith Keith Getty 2 Cor 5:7
June 28 Pentecost 5 Cannons Phil Wickham Job 38:4-7
The Scandal of Grace Hillsong United 2 Cor 5:15, 20-21
Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin 2 Cor 5:21
East to West Mark Hall 2 Cor 5:21
Holding Nothing Back Tim Hughes 2 Cor 5:17
July 5 Pentecost 6 Whole World in His Hands Tim Hughes Lam 3:21-24
I Lift My Hands Chris Tomlin Lam 3:21-24
Faithful Chris Tomlin Lam 3:23
The Lord Our God Kristian Stanfill Lam 3:23
In Christ Alone Getty & Townend Lam 3:23-25
July 12 Pentecost 7 Your Grace is Enough Matt Maher 2 Cor 12:9
Your Grace Finds Me Matt Redman 2 Cor 12:9
His Strength is Perfect Steven Curtis Chapman 2 Cor 12:9-10
July 19 Pentecost 8 I Will Sing of My Redeemer Chad Cates Eph 1:1-7
Sing and Shout Matt Redman Eph 1:1-8
Let Our God be Praised Michael Farren Eph 1:3
You Alone Can Rescue Matt Redman Eph 1:4
Salvation’s Song Stuart Townend Eph 1:13
It is You Peter Furler Eph 1:7-8
July 26 Pentecost 9 Through the Cross Ben Cantelon Eph 2:15-17
Aug 2 Pentecost 10 They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love Peter Scholtes Eph 4:2-4
May the Words of My Mouth Tim Hughes Eph 4:15
Oceans – Where Feet May Fail Joel Houston Eph 4:14-16
Aug 9 Pentecost 11 Take My Life Scott Underwood Eph 4:23-25
Breathe Marie Barnett John 6:35
Aug 16 Pentecost 12 People Need the Lord Greg Nelson Eph 4:35
Savior of the World Ben Cantelon Eph 4:39-42
Miracle Maker Martin Smith Eph 5:1-15
Come Just as You Are Joseph Sabolick Jn 6:47
Aug 23 Pentecost 13 Holy Spirit Keith Getty Eph 5:18
Aug 30 Pentecost 14 Rescue Jared Andersen Jn 6:68
Rescuer Jn 6:68
Son of God Ed Cash Jn 6:69
Sept 6 Pentecost 15 O Church Arise Getty & Townend Eph 6:10-18
Sept 13 Pentecost 16 O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing David Crowder Isa 35:4-6
Everything, God in My Living Tim Hughes James 1:17
Everything Chris Tomlin James 1:17
Overflow Matt Maher James 1:17
Friend of God Michael Gungor James 2:23
Sept 20 Pentecost 17 Word of God Speak Bart Millard Isa 50:4
White Flag Chris Tomlin Mk 8:34
Sept 27 Pentecost 18 Yesterday, Today and Forever Viccky Beeching James 3:17
The Servant Song Richard Gillard Mk 9:35
Let the Children Come Michael Card Mk 9:37
Oct 4 Pentecost 19 Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer Keith Getty James 4:8
Oct 11 Pentecost 20 Come and See Lenny LeBlanc Heb 2:9
Worthy is the Lamb Jeff Nelson Heb 2:9
Let the Children Come Michael Card Mk 10:13-16
Oct 18 Pentecost 21 I Stand for You Jon Ellis Mk 10:21
By Faith Keith Getty Mk 10:27
Oct 25 Pentecost 22 In Christ Alone Getty & Townend Isa 53:10-11
Purify My Heart Jeff Nelson Isa 53:11-12
Once Again Matt Redman Isa 53:11-12
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us Getty & Townend Isa 53:12
Our Great God Fernando Ortega Isa 53:12
Thy Word Amy Grant Heb 4:12
Before the Throne of God Vikki Cook Heb 4:14016
Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin Mk 10:45
Nov 1 Reformation Salt and Light Jon L’Ecuyer Jer 18:6
O Church Arise Getty & Townend
Nov 8 Last Judgment Here’s My Heart Chris Tomlin Mal 4:2
The Wonder of the Cross Vicky Beeching Heb 9:28
Glorious Day Mark Hall Heb 9:28
Nov 15 Saint’s Triumphant How Can I Keep from Singing? Chris Tomlin
Nov 22 Christ the King O Worship the King Chris Tomlin Dan 7:9-22
And Can it Be? Bob Kauflin Rev 1:4-6
Amazing Love (You are My King) Billy Foote Rev 1:5
The Scandal of Grace Hillsong United Rev 1:5
Behold the Lamb Keith Getty Rev 1:5
Glory to God Forever Steve Fee Rev 1:6
Nov 26 Thanksgiving My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness Keith Getty
Enough Chris Tomlin Php 4:19
All We Need Charlie Hall Php 4:19

 

Forgive Me

I forgive you, do you forgive me? Those are healing words; for the giver and receiver.

In the spring of the the year 0,033 (plus or minus a year) a young, innocent, peace-loving man was brutally beaten, mocked, robbed, humiliated, whipped, insulted and ultimately murdered by a band of unbelieving, ruthless thugs, scoundrels, robbers and murders. Somehow between numerous thunderous blows to his head, he found the strength to mutter these words:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  - Jesus (Luke 23:34) … And He meant it. Deep within His hurting heart, He meant it.

That, right there, is our shining example.

M: We should not have a vengeful heart. For God says:
C: Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. – Romans 12:19

M: We should never repay with evil. For God says:
C: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. – Romans 12:17

M: We should want God’s blessings for those who do wrong to us. For God says:
C: Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. – Luke 6:28

M: We should not rejoice when calamities fall on those who do wrong to us. For God says:
C: Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice – Proverbs 24:17

M: We should not hate those who do wrong against us. For God says:
C: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – Matthew 5:44

M: We should seek reconciliation. For God says:
C: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18

M: We should never treat those who have done wrong to us poorly. For God says:
C: If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. – Exodus 23:4-5

Here is forgiveness: when you feel that someone is your enemy or when you simply feel that you or someone you care about has been wronged, forgiveness means:
resisting revenge
not returning evil for evil
wishing them well
grieving at their calamities
praying for their welfare
seeking reconciliation so far as it depends on you
and coming to their aid in distress.
All these point to a forgiving heart. And the heart is all important. Read Matthew 18:21-35 if you don’t believe me and ruminate on that last verse for awhile.

“To forgive, is to give up your right to be angry.” – Pastor Timothy Ehlers

Give-Away

Give-Away!

I would like to offer up to 10 free Amazon E-Book copies of my brother’s book titled “Seated Above, Looking Below” in exchange for a review on Amazon.  If interested, please either leave a comment on this post or email me personally at “sjbrown58 (at) yahoo (dot) com.” I will also mail out one copy of the paperback (US residents only) to the first reply interested in this and willing to write a review.

You can “Look Inside” his book here:

Seated Above, Looking Below

Resilience

This poem was inspired by a Pastor friend who was praying for my family during some rough times. He was praying for “resilience.”

Now, I pray for him…

Resilience, what an awesome word
Like a tender flower climbing through pavement
Breaking through it’s would be tomb-like enslavement
Have you not yet heard?

Resilience, this is what we need
To become healthy and physically strong
It’s found in God’s loving arms; where we belong
In Christ, we are freed.

Resilience, we have it in Christ
As the great potter molds the pliable clay
It’s wonderfully bolstered as people pray
Oh! What sacrifice!

Resilience, it’s there to be found
In His mighty kingdom, where we are heirs
So tap into the ultimate one who cares
God’s blessings abound.

-+-

Poetic Prayer for Comfort, Healing and Rest
– Inspired by Matthew 11:28-30

In times of weakness and in an hour of need,
Yours is the strength on which we feed.
The shoulder we long to rest upon,
And the feet we lay our troubles on.
You, are all that we need.

You offer rest to the weary and food to the needy.
You comfort your people, who gather under the steeple.
You are gentle and humble; you are there when we stumble.
You heal my disease and fill all my needs.
Only to you, do I fall to my knees,
With hope that my worship will please,
the One whose love for me will never cease.

Amen.

Alone But Not Lonely

Alone But Not Lonely

Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone
Solus Christus: Christ Alone
Sola Gratia: Grace Alone
Sola Fide: Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria: Glory To God Alone

We are justified and sanctified – by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone. It says this in scripture alone and for that reason – to God alone be the glory!

Lots of blessed loneliness there!

Just don’t put anything else on that list! And lots of people try to; especially church leaders, self included. Example – our musical diet consists of psalms and hymns alone. That right there is legalism alone.

Nicodemus

Nicodemus
by Bob Brown

Nicodemus came to Jesus
He was the leader of a sect
A Pharisee of Pharisees
Among his peers, elect

He most surely had credentials
A religious Phd
So he came to Jesus by night
With his curiosity

For he recognized all the miracles
This religious Phd
But he went beyond his religion
For he knew who Jesus might be

And during his conversation
With the God of incarnate love
Could it be that Nicodemus
Was born again from above?

“Nicodemus” was written by Bobby Brown, the author of “Seated Above Looking Below”.

Now available on paperback here:

Seated Above, Looking Below: Poems to Lift Your Spirit

Walking With God

Walking With God

God wants us to lack nothing
Like Adam and Eve in the lush, abundant garden
But this wasn’t enough
Not for Adam
Not for Eve
Not for you nor me
We want more.

Adam and Eve walked with God
Except for one dreadful day
For me, it’s every day
Because I push Him away.

I proudly hone my skills
And I ask God for proof
I desire junk
He wants to give of Himself
Which is everything!

If you walk with God you have the greatest source of knowledge
Of love
Of strength
Of peace
Of hope
Of joy
Of companionship.

So draw near to God
He is already near to you
He is closer than your breath
He is nearer than your dearest friend.

The benefits of walking with God far outweigh the risks
You are walking with the One who is all knowing
You walk the valley of death with Him who sees it merely as a shadow
He is leading you somewhere
Step by miraculous step
Somewhere incredible.

Your life is a journey
It begins with Jesus
It ends with Jesus
And the Holy Spirit is in between
Like a Holy sandwich.

He is leading you home
Your eternal home
That’s what your life is about!
Walk with God.

Circulate with Him.
Perambulate
Roam
March.

He will guide
Lead
Orientate
Usher
Direct
He will show you the way.
Walk with God.

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