Mercy

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Mercy

When you are overwhelmed –
consumed by  temptation

loss,
fear,
faithlessness,
illness,
anger,
disillusionment,
disbelief,
depression –

the surprising, sometimes self-inflicted,
often unknowable events that cause you to ask,
“Why me? What did I do to deserve this?”

Pull the plug on that pool of negativity.
Drown the fire that would consume you
were it not for God’s incredible love,
evident in the empty cross,
the risen Christ.

His mercy is unfailing,
his presence absolute.


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Always

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I.  Isaiah 58:9

Bouquet

No matter how down you may be,
there will be blossoms along life’s way,
waiting to make you smile.

No matter how disappointed you are,
blues skies remind you,
tomorrow holds unknown promise.

God’s love is light in the darkness,
shelter in the storm, courage against all odds,
an unbroken promise.

Look for bouquets of hope,
the Lord has put them there to remind you
He is always with you.


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Holy week prayer

pexels-photo-208315.jpegCome, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6

Great God of all, the beginning and the infinite, you who sent yourself into the world as a wee babe who grew up and traveled the world as a man, misunderstood by many, feared by the establishment, teacher of astounding wisdom, and bearer of transgressions and sins, we worship you and give you thanks. Holy week is lost in the secular whirlwind of the Easter bunny and chocolate, marshmallow treats, giant Easter baskets, and pretty dresses. The reality of Holy week is bleak and grim. When we stand at the foot of the cross and look up, we cannot comprehend the depth of Your suffering on our behalf. We simply cannot. We do know the cross was not the end of hope; it was the beginning of redemption. Only by the resurrection can we see how amazing you are, your grace washing out from that cruel cross and lifting all on the sea of your love. It is through that grace we can understand just a fraction of why you took this path. Just a fraction. And it is enough. Up from the grave he arose, a mighty triumph o’er his foes. (Robert Lowry, Christ Arose).

Peace

PeaceNow the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV)

Peace is hard won in a world where negativity pours out of the media, and family struggles pluck at your heart. Peace. Everyone talks about it, but achieving peace is more than sitting in a corner and zoning out. Reality is what we live with every single day. Reality is a child bullied at school or on the Internet. Reality is an adult loved one who makes horrendous choices that break your heart. Reality is facing financial disaster. Reality is finding out someone you trust has betrayed you. The list is long and all of us can put a tick mark by one or more of the fears and concerns that are ready to swallow us whole. The hardest job we have sounds like it should be the easiest: let go and let God. For every thing on your worry list there is this promise from Joshua 1:9 – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (KJV) There is hope in this. When we place our trust in the Creator God of all there is now, ever has been, or ever will be, we will find peace. Our concerns don’t disappear overnight and the “good fairy” god of easy solutions doesn’t wave a magic wand and magically make perfect all the people who disappoint us. It is through faith we find the peace that passes all understanding. It is a starting point for healing and forgiveness.


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Grace

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Timothy 1:9 KJV

Grace and Hope

Think on it,
Life is more than the blink of an eye.
The you that believes you’re not worth much,
the you who feels disappointed when life doesn’t go your way,
you have a place in this world and in God’s plan.
This is true since the beginning of all time.
God’s love for you didn’t begin when you were born;
it began when the cosmos were formed.
Doubt cannot stand in the way of Grace,
Christ the gift of Heaven, rests in you.
Pass it on. Live well. Have faith.
You are the recipient of God’s grace.
This is true since the beginning of all time.


Poetry by Sharon Vander Meer


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EVERGREEN

EVERGREEN

 

Ever green is the evergreen,
stately, piercing the blue sky.
From a distance I see an outline
of a metropolis on some distant planet.

On a trail in their midst
I am a midget next to a giant,
a flittering moth flashing
through sun rays that pierce the shade.

Surrounded by pine and spruce,
pinion and fir I walk
in peace, the pine tar smell
reminding me of Christmas trees.

I walk in wonder
beneath the
canopy of branches
awed by the hand of God.

Lean not on your understanding

Grace beyond words

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Son LightAmong the chosen. How awesome is that? God in his glory, fully realized in every sense of the word, powerful beyond imagining, greater than anything human minds can conceive, creator and author of all of life, in all of the cosmos, God has chosen to love me. I am struck speechless at the idea of it, knowing full well I haven’t deserved this love and have at times forgotten that it is there, holding me up, protecting me in the storms of life, taking it as my due. God’s love for me is singular. It is based on his infinite love for his creation: me. The thing is that although it is singular to me, it is also singular to every person who calls upon his name. His choice. His love revealed in the form of a wee babe who grew to be a teacher, friend and redeemer. Amazing grace beyond words.