love


God’s Ghost

God’s Ghost has a way of overwhelming me with His tenderness. In a sort of dream state, I find myself holding – ever so gently – the face of the person sitting next to me. I gaze into her eyes to see what heaven sees. Whether we are acquaintances or something else, she is beautiful and perfectly loved.

Author of Love

We say we love, then turn around and hurt those closest to us. We are savage creatures not worthy of trust or love. But Christ is love. Now I’m free to love because it is no longer I who love but the Author of Love whom I trust to love through me.

Beautifully From Above

Love’s breath beckons me forward But fear of cloud’s rain and storm’s gain Holds my lungs ransom. Life quivers Death considers But nothing can explain what jitters inside me. From ropes of despair to angelic hair, From heart’s bleeding to joy exceeding Is what one man saw. A captive of love’s entanglement – I am. I used to surrender to …Continue reading →

traffic jam

When paper hearts colored in crayon’s crimson are left on the window sill, The sun fades love away. People walk-on-by Not seeing the cracked lines on the asphalt or scribbles in the sky. Fidelity is an unwanted seatbelt and monogamy is driving the speed limit. But negligence is the dreaded traffic jam we could’ve prevented. 070503

Prayer of Blessing

LORD, we ask that You would hear our prayer and adopt our son as Your son so that from an early age Nathanael Joseph DeLagneau may know who he is in You—a redeemed sinner in Christ Jesus. May he know that when Your Spirit resides in him, You will neither leave him nor forsake him. May he be a godly …Continue reading →

Winter

A student of love takes the train to visit the last of tomorrow’s rain. A locomotive steams between the undulated mountains that grow greener by the passing whisper of her name. Flooding the country with sorrow’s showers, she struggles to hold her head up high. She ponders the collision of eternity and happiness as she imprints the wet earth with …Continue reading →

Mystery of Tears

Spasms and sobs speak louder than words. Friends of freedom’s flight slip down mountains of flesh As the fulfillment of time flaps its wings into the fray. Tiny drops of love’s deep fill our hearts whole Like a bucket that overflows. What can medicate a broken heart more than You? Can love ever be so true as to live passionately …Continue reading →

Orange County Jesus

Orange County Jesus is Christians playing perfect In a land that thirsts for the real. If we could only see the lost and lonely faces inside the world’s fist, We may be able to stand on a different square and dance with the Unfamiliar. Or maybe the proof the atheist seeks is the very thing we find ourselves So weak: …Continue reading →

Passibility, Atonement, and Cruciformity

What does God’s suffering for us (on the cross) to save us and God’s suffering with us to strengthen and comfort us have to do with Christian character formation or Christ-likeness (cruciformity)? To read the full article click the highlighted title (Passibility, Atonement, and Cruciformity) at the bottom of this post. ABSTRACT Does God’s suffering for us to save us …Continue reading →

Why It’s Good for Believers to Share the Gospel

As born again Christians we are (newly) created to share the Gospel, thus we’re fulfilling our new nature whenever we evangelize. God does not only command us to preach God’s love via Jesus’ atonement in order to save those who haven’t yet put their trust in His Son; He also commands it because it’s good for our soul. An essential …Continue reading →

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