“The Divine Image” by William Blake

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care. For Mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And …Continue reading →

Thriving vs Striving

I recently posted on Facebook two alternative ways to live: thrive or strive. I wrote, “I need to stop striving for control and start thriving by trusting the One who controls everything.” Then, interestingly, I met someone at Starbucks who helped me see this dichotomy a bit more vividly. As I was sitting by the counter I happened to catch …Continue reading →

“Present” by Luci Shaw

This is one of my favorite poems by Luci Shaw. It’s a brief but beautiful picture of the deleterious effects of the atonement on Christ and its beneficial effects for us. At light speed, God speed, time collapses into now, so that we may see Christ’s wounds as still bleeding, his torso, that ready sponge, still absorbing our vice, our …Continue reading →

“Poetry” by Pablo Neruda

And it was at the age . . . Poetry arrived in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where it came from, from winter or a river. I don’t know how or when, no, they were not voices, they were not words, nor silence, but from a street I was summoned, from the branches of night, abruptly …Continue reading →

A Celestial Secret

Your last breath; Our first touch. Your gentle spirit; What’s not to love? Your tenderness lit up the room When your angelic face peaked out your mother’s womb. Our souls connected, Our fingers intertwined, I held your tiny hand inside mine. You held real still, You hardly made a fuss, As we imagined you crying through the night— Lungs full …Continue reading →

Trinitarian Prayer of Power

Father, thank You for Your unconditional love, for being in my corner, and fighting for me. Jesus, you are my big brother. You never let go of my hand. Wherever I go, You go. Whatever I feel, You feel. I am never alone. Holy Spirit, praise You for transforming, empowering, and healing me from the inside out. Holy Godhead, I …Continue reading →

Security

Our basic sense of security is not money or escape from difficulties but believing God is good in the midst of the storm.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

This short poem is one of my favorites by Robert Frost. In just eight short lines, he captures the transience of beauty from a leaf to the Garden of Eden. NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So …Continue reading →

Daily Prayer for A Victorious Life

Lord, Fill me with all hope, joy, and peace in believing You and Your promise of eternal life and good works in Christ Jesus! You have given me a conquering spirit of power and love, not of fear and failure. I remember that past and how You have saved me and healed me. I think of the present and how Your …Continue reading →

Child of God ~ Prayer

I praise you, Father, for by the blood of Your Son shed for me on the cross at Calvary, I am a child of God, forever; I am free to do good and not evil—to follow the path that leads to justice, righteousness, and abundant life; I am filled with Your Holy Spirit to use my gifts for Your glory …Continue reading →

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