Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Our Finest GiftsWhose 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 lived and died to 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 the Love that came down on Christmas Day.


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Who would bear the cross

that doesn’t carry the shame?

Who would kneel beneath

all the world’s pain?

Who would die in my place

with my blood be stained?


The only one who could.


Who would call to waves

and bring decisive peace?

Who would take a hand

and promise pain’s surcease?

Who would weep at death

then give life a new lease?


He whose name is love.


Who would rescue those

lost by self volition?

Who would overturn

earth’s fallen condition?

Who would save a soul

by one humble admission?


Maker of heaven and earth.


Who would calm my soul

and my life’s purpose give?

Who would die for me

rise again and live.

See my reckless state

and yet say, I forgive.


Jesus, Redeemer, Savior of souls.

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broken heart mendedA thousand broken promises

As many shattered dreams

You wish that you could find somewhere to cry

But you must put on a smile

And keep it there a while

No one permits you to ask the question, why


Endurance now a trademark

And sorrow still your cloak

You try to brave the storm and fiercest gales

Raindrops mingle with your tears

Which have seemed to fall for years

Each one telling their own sad and lonely tales


Dreams no longer now a hope

Just an effort to cling and cope

As a fragile cry pours from your spirit

It seems all that you can do

Calling out that you are through

Your strength is gone. But hush now, can you hear it?


A voice like many waters

In the whisper of the wind

Its very sound embracing, holding tight

A gentle warmth transcending

Pouring healing, mending

Bathing you in iridescent light


With words soft and kind and wise

From one who heard your deepest cries

He brings peace into your very soul

Giving joy where there was pain

Cleansing guilt’s pervasive stain

The process has begun to make you whole


What message, though, was spoken

To a heart so deeply broken

What words brought healing to a hurting life

Words from one whose sacrifice

Paid forever the only price

Restoring hope where once was hate and strife


“Some disappoint

And some bring pain

And some will break their promises and vows

Although it stings

The hurt it brings

Is something that my love and plan allows


I have a plan

And it will span

Beyond the threshold of this passing time

Love will endure

And all that’s pure

And one day you will see my perfect rhyme


‘Til then, believe

You will receive

Grace to keep upon the path you tread

When your strength wanes

And life brings pain

Do not forget the things that I have said


My love is ever near

My peace will cast out fear

My presence in your life will ne’er depart

My promise is for you

It will hold forever true

For I will never, ever break your heart”

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The questions burn within my soul

The passion fills my being

The desire for a hardened heart

To open and find healing


And as I feel it touch my own

The questions slowly rise

If I had walked that same sad path

Would my life hold its matching cries?


Would I still have found my way?

Or would questions be my life?

Would skepticism wrest my world

And try to mold my mind?


Would I have found His tender heart?

My destiny therein?

Would I have known I play a part?

A dying world to tend?


Would I have closed my eyes to truth?

Pretended there was none?

Would I have tried to comprehend

No life beyond this one?


I am told belief takes faith

Yet what but truth is shown?

Is it harder to believe in love

Or in a heart of stone?


Does it bring light in life to say

That faith is nothing but a curse?

To claim there is no deeper rationale

I can’t perceive much worse


Than living life as if it had

No purpose and no reason

Nothing more than an existence

That passes with life’s swift season


I close my eyes and feel the breeze

Whisper to my seeking soul

I feel a love caress my heart

A touch that always makes me whole


Although the way, it might be long

Though tears at times may flow

Though darkness sweeps across the land

Casting shadows over the way I go


Yet still the purpose brightly shines

Its way into my heart

A destiny I know is mine

From this I’ll never part


The heart that seeks is sure to find

A love greater than mind’s reason

A love abiding that cannot die

Or fade with passing seasons


A love that framed the world we see

The very reason and source of life

Creating a bridge to realms beyond

Cutting through the veil like a knife


Pouring passion and love upon these lands

By blood that flowed from a broken heart

The sacrifice fulfilled sin’s demands

And pledges a fresh and spotless start


In choosing love, I’m choosing life

Reaching out with an eternal soul

Speaking hope into a wilting heart

Knowing only love can make it whole


One day a heart will break out and rise

From disbelief’s grey, cheerless prison

Embracing light, and truth and love

Speaking with a heart of joy those glad words:

“He is risen!”

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valentine heart and crossA day of love, of roses, hearts

Where dance emotions through the arts

Where passion meets the cherub’s dart

On this day, Valentine


“I promise to be only thine

You who are forever mine”

And hearts expand and hearts entwine

Always for Valentines


It is a day of love and passion

Expressed in today’s latest fashion

All other days our love we ration

But not on Valentine’s


We seek to grasp, to keep, to hold

That elusive thing that can’t be sold

And pour it in perfection’s mold

For it’s our Valentine


But in a time so long ago

That now the truth we don’t quite know

A love endured life’s harshest blow

His name was Valentine


For love he lived, in love he died

A love he knew would yet abide

Beyond life’s time and past its tide

He loved his “Valentine”


Their love was pure, their lives so young

As dreams among the stars they flung

The angels saw and cherubs sung

For it was Valentine


But hate, as ever, evil sought

Hoping true love from earth to blot

Happened upon a sordid plot

And captured Valentine


“Repent of this love that you now speak

Such notions make the nation weak

The strong will win over the meek”

They ordered Valentine


“But I must to this love be true

A love that died for me and you

Even if only accepted by a few”

Thus spoke he, Valentine


And for this love he chose to die

Around the world they heard his cry

His soul then flew beyond the sky

New life for Valentine


And on this day of love behold

A priceless truth that can’t be sold

More precious than diamonds or pure gold

The words of Valentine


True love is bound to sacrifice

Yet is willing to pay the highest price

Beyond which lies sweet paradise

Forever, Valentine


Fear not the loss, for deepest gain

Lies on the paths that promise pain

For at the end, life starts again

And always, Valentine

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The Last Supper, woodworkingHe knew that their hearts were troubled.

“Let not your hearts be troubled” is what He said, but He didn’t stop there. Were they all thinking the same thing? Were their hearts all troubled about the exact same topic? Yes… and no… for even if everyone is facing the same issue or problem, they never all face it in the exact same way. Their fears were unique, as unique as the personalities of each of His disciples. Like I said, He didn’t stop there.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:1, 2, 3b)

That where I am, you may be also. Regardless of what their fears were, their unique thoughts, perhaps even misunderstandings of the entire situation, He cut out all of that. He didn’t refer to each particular trouble that their hearts were in. He just gave hope. He gave hope by giving the most amazing and wonderful promise that could ever be given. “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also.”

“In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Were the disciples looking for mansions? Disciples who had spent the greater part of the past few years with Jesus following Him, more or less homeless, traveling from one place to another with no promise of where they would be staying that night, sometimes even no knowledge of what they would be eating that day, or where. Somehow I doubt that their main focus was on mansions.

“That where I am, you may be also.” That was where their hope lay, that they would be with Him, with the One who by that time they had realized that He knew their hearts, that He had changed their lives, and that He was more than just a man, that He was the Son of God. Regardless of personal trials, difficulties, questions or even doubts that each one of them faced—their struggles with their own humanity, their own desires, their own difficulties in following Him, in letting go of the things that had once been their livelihood, their friends, their homes and loved ones. He didn’t tackle each thing. All He did was bring in another perspective, one deeper, one greater than anything that we could ever hope for or dream of. For if His purpose had been—as some of them originally thought—to cast off the burdens and the yoke of Rome, their rulers of that time, and to free them, how long would that freedom have lasted? Until the next insurrection? The next uprising? The next overtaking? The next bloody war? The next betrayal?

That was not His plan. His purpose was so much deeper than that, so much deeper that many could not even understand. For what Savior would do so many wonderful things and then die? What Savior? Only the Savior, the only One who could, as He said, lay down His life, and then take it back again, the building that could be broken down and then built up again in three days, the only One whose promise could remain today, every bit as strong and sure as it was on the day that He gave it:

“I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also.”

In the world today, there are a thousand thoughts, issues, demands, problems, a thousand things that can cause the heart to be troubled, but His plea today is the same as it always has been. “Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, you may be also.”

The promise of a man, and yet a Savior; the promise of a word, and yet an incomparable action; the promise of a feeling, and yet a Love so deep that none could ever compare and no promise could ever be as great as that which He has given. “I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also.”

A promise of Heaven, with all that we ever loved—and even that which we thought we lost—together, for eternity.

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It’s Valentine’s Day once again, that famous day filled with roses, hearts and chocolates, but most of all—love. In the world of today, there are very few things devoted to love. As such, Valentine’s Day is actually a very special day, because what could possibly be wrong with love? Nothing. Love is actually the greatest force on Earth and in the world. It doesn’t always seem to be so, when things such as war, hate and anger vie for precedence in people’s hearts and lives. But that doesn’t change the fact that love is truly the greatest and most powerful force on Earth. How? Simply because I am love. All things on Earth I created out of love, including you. The beautiful things around you—the cheerful birds, the towering trees, the bright flowers, the majestic oceans, the deep forests, even the people around you whom you know and love—all are creations of My hand put on Earth because of My love for each one of you.

What is love? This is something that so many explore, try to explain, decipher, put into words. But if you have ever felt love, deep love, at the very core of your being, you know this is something that cannot be simply explained. It is something felt deep inside. There are many kinds of love: the enduring and patient love of a mother or father for their child, the simple and pure love of a child for their parent, the understanding love of a close friend, the passionate love of a “boyfriend”, “girlfriend”, or spouse…the forgiving love of a brother or sister. Who is to say which love is greater? How can you really measure love? There is no accurate measuring stick or weighing scale for love. It cannot be put into a box, measured, weighed and explained because it is deeper; it goes beyond words and into the realm of the spirit, that realm where I dwell and the realm where I created that very love you feel.

You might be one of those “lucky” ones on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by those you love and who love you, or with that special someone you can call your own. You might be content with the thought that, “Yes, this is what love is all about.” But maybe you are alone on Valentine’s Day. Maybe, amidst the billboards, the newspaper articles, the ads on TV, the movies, all promoting their versions of love and how to gain it or keep it, you feel you missed something. You look around and don’t see any such sign of true love in your life, and wonder, “Is there really love to be found?”

The good news is, yes, there is love—true love, pure love, enduring love, and the greatest and deepest love you will ever know. This love is found in Me.Jesus, smiling and holding staff

I, Who not only created you, but also came down to Earth to live as one of you, and finally died for you so that I could truly understand you; I love you in a way that no other ever could. I not only love you, but I understand you, I believe in you, and your heart and happiness is so important to Me. Regardless of where you are on Valentine’s Day, who you find yourself with, whether you are alone at home, or out having fun, let Me be the one to make your day complete by inviting Me into your heart, not just today, but always.

I will be there for you, no matter what you face, what you might be going through, what ups and downs the path of your life will take. I will be with you and have promised to never leave the one who calls out to Me and accepts Me into their heart and life. All you have to do is ask. Just say, aloud or in your heart,

“Jesus, thank You for Your love. I believe in it and I want to ask for Your love to enter my heart today. I accept Your love which forgives the wrongs I have done and can change my life and help me to love You and others. Please give me Your free gift of love and life eternal with You and teach me how to know You more.”

There, wasn’t that simple? They say that diamonds are forever, but the only thing that truly is forever is My love, and now that it is in your heart, it will be with you forever and thus you will be Mine for eternity. Thank you for accepting My free gift of love to you. I love you, always and forever.

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