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2014 in Review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Immanuel God with Us

For so long it feels my life has been

Lived from the outside, ever looking in

Upon a scene so beautiful and bright

Of life and color, like vivid pure light


For so long I felt never a part

I could not find my way into a heart

Then into my heart perfect love shone

And a soft voice said, “You’re never alone.”


My soul found delight, this I know right well

In His heart – God with us – Immanuel


But then I drifted from His peaceful shore

Into waters vast, into sorrow once more

I thought that no one would follow me there

I thought that no one would notice or care


By my choosing I was again alone

Turning my hurting heart to stone

Alone in the deep, yet His love pursued

He followed and whispered and gently wooed


And at His voice the walls crumbled and fell

And I glimpsed God with us – Immanuel


When I was alone and thought none could see

His heart was seeking, pursuing me

I melted at His relentless love

Opened my heart to the Sun above


And in His love, He opened my eyes

To the truth I did not before realize

Many in the world feel so alone

He hears the prayer, a sighing groan


Yet one day the world will wake from the spell

And know Him – God with us – Immanuel


He seeks for each to know our worth

He leaves no one ever alone on this earth

He wants us to hear love’s deep calls

Bouncing off caverns, echoing down halls


He wants us to feel His gift of deep worth

Abundant, free, by a choice of rebirth

He wants us to see we’re His work of art

Shaped by His hand and held in His heart


He hopes we receive the truth He would tell

He is with us always – Immanuel

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Of Heaven’s Making

Christmas Quote

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Christmas Quote

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Whose are the finest gifts this year,

At such a time of festive cheer?

Are shopping lists finally completed?

Are pocketbooks once more depleted?


As shops all vie for lowest prices,

Sleep deficit and blood pressure rises;

Where are the gifts we said we’d bring,

To lay at the feet of a newborn King?


Wrapped against the winter’s chill,

Hoping for some warmth to feel;

It is not there within the soul,

Still incomplete and never full.


What is the finest gift but to know,

What a newborn King would show.

The path to love, the path to living,

Is this the gift that we are giving?


It can’t be wrapped, for it is free;

Knowing this Love for eternity,

Is the finest gift that one could bring—

Showing the way to the newborn King.


Finding peace and warmth within this light,

Flooding the soul with a love so bright,

Sorrow of seasons is washed away,

With Love that came on Christmas Day.

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Choose sides

I hear

As if we are children

Lining up

To play

A game of tag


Or capture the flag

A thrill today

Tomorrow forgotten


But it is life

It is love

And at the end

We die



The pale morning light

Where lingers love

And joy

And family

Smiling wide

There is no place

For choosing

Choosing sides

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red rose in snow

Lying on the ground

As dead

Contained bleeding

Deepest, vibrant red

Yet alive

Upon a bed of snow

As the heart

The gift alone bestowed

Life cut short by love

But I suppose

Forgotten truth lies dead

With crimson rose

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