Thursday, December 31, 2015

Waves of Mercy

Waves of Mercy

"Waves of mercy, waves of grace
Everywhere I look, I see your face
Your love has captured me
Oh my God This love


Our lives like Sandy beaches looking peaceful
But in creeps our enemy writing lies in the sand
Pecking away like bread in the beak of a seagull

Separating people with untruths and bitterness
Further and further they drift apart
Getting lost in dunes of un-forgiveness

Like collectors of shells desiring to attain
People gathering mementos of suffering
Holding on to, to look at again and again

Towards rocky jetties blindly running
The hater of your soul egging you on
Your relationships not the source of cunning

Open eyes to see the deceit
Not flesh and blood the true cause of trials
Time to let go of those balance sheets

Stop letting storms knock you over
Grab hold of your fellow beach comber
In truth and love full disclosure

The Rolling waves soon to wipe all trace away
Low tide only for a short while
Grace washing over, making new each day.

Cast your cares upon the sea
Release your hurt to Jesus’s  hands.
Let the waves of mercy wash over thee.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Peace offering

The sacrifice of a peace offering…
A giving of the good portions unto the Lord.
In days of old a repeated process required
Offering up the blood and fat over fire.
Not for repentance but fellowship.
“Shalom” a rest in safety from ones enemy,
A covenant of relationship,
 From man a hope for harmony,
A ritual to be made with joy.
 Before Christ, Peace a temporal space,
Sandwiched in between wars and battles.
The promise spoken to Isaiah
 Of a peace from God from a heavenly place,
The burning alter not needed, eventually to be dismantled.
 Coming soon would be a peace that does not depart.
A completeness, wholeness and tranquility
That would internally dwell in the heart.
 A peace that has everlasting durability.
The Greek “Eirene” an assurance of salvation
That the Messiah has procured our righteousness.
No longer fretting but at peace with the transformation
Now at ease in the assurance of his enduring faithfulness. 
Free from compulsion to work out our piousness.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives." John 14:27

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fail






“Ne’er-do-well
Epic failure.
Colossal loser.
Words and lies whisper in:
“Should’ve known better”.
Hope and truth wearing thin,
Seeping in how much a debtor.
Guilt and shame holding tight,
Bondage to our doubts worn like a fetter.
Secrets hold us captive in our plight.
Strength and will power defeated
The answers seem just outside our reach
All our resources used up and depleted
And yet a glimmer of light oft beseeches
Hang on there is a way!
Though Darkness is pushing hard
A breath encouraging just one small step this day.
Open your eyes and heart
“From you my beloved I will not depart”
“I see you and know all you face”
“My child I am here to embrace”
Look and see there is provision
More than your flesh can envision
A prayer to offer words of life
Grace enough to cover all the strife.
The loneliness and isolation
The enemies lies that this your only consolation.
Not just heaven bound thoughts,
But balm for now that has been bought.
Letting light penetrate if we dare
Together holding tight, we shed a tear.
Arm in Arm walking out were we have failed
Triumphant that He will and has prevailed.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Grace

Grace
How do we discern when to forgive and forget?
Or when to trust again?
Grace is such an easy word to throw about
Especially if it is for us to gain.
We want to gather as much as we can
Holding it to cover ourselves and sooth our souls.
This Grace thing that has been paid for we know,
It was God’s intention before time began.
But the burdensome task is how do we bestow?
Pride fights its way past the truth
Blocking the ability to release another.
Grace wanting to be loosed
But the hurt and pain overcome and smother,
 The appreciation for the mercy we have received.
Grace a gift of great value,
 Given more than we have deserved.
Beyond words to comprehend why
Like a water damn we hold back and reserve
The flowing out of this act and word.
Grace poured out in full measure,
More than enough,
Unlimited treasure.
 Spirit Turn our hearts back so we may remember
How Graced washed over like a fountain of love.
Spirit blow your truth on these embers,
Though yet sinners so unworthy of,
Yet even then Christ died for us.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Receiving


Gifts, to some opening divine.
To others an awkward moment,
A murky area hard to define.
“Better to give than to receive”
The saying goes.
But in actuality these words can deceive.
Giving the simple task.
Shopping, buying wrapping
Presenting pretty things and then to gather warm thanks.
But to accept, how hard to do.
To be vulnerable and in need,
To allow others to provide for you,
To your own lack willingly concede.
This is where the metal hits the road.
 To be open handed to receive,
 Allowing others to bestow.
Rethinking what you believe,
 It’s ok to get the” long end of the rope”.
Permission to be overcome,
And allow the feelings of joy to rush in.
Surrendering control and succumb,
Blessings from friends are not a sin.
This receiving is as the creator decided
The gift of eternal life not by our doing
But our unwrapping to be guided
By a humble spirit and not pride
With hearts, minds and hands open wide.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Remain

 John 15:4 “Stay with me, and I am in you. Just as the branch cannot yield fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither do you unless you stay with me.”

1 John 2:24”So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.

John 14:23 “Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”


Remain
“Remain in me”
Remain…how does one remain?
When daily the media barrage filling ones eye with everyone’s stuff.
Stuffing ourselves never feeling like its enough.
Words that are so dividing with ignorance of how they cut,
And news that is hard and yet difficult to touch?
How do you remain with pronouncements of faith that feel like someone is just looking to strut?
Remain focused on a God that seems so far away?
Remain as you go about your every day?
What does it mean to remain?
Is it to keep your eyes looking upward at the clouds?
To examine ancient texts and pray aloud?
Is it attending a weekly church meeting,
Or a bible study giving each other a holy greeting?
What is this abide? 
Is it waiting for something to occur?
Or perchance to sojourn right where you are?
This remaining, abiding, enduring...
Is it holding tight to the mooring of a religion from the past?
Why is this so difficult to grasp?
The understanding I have even as limited as it is,
Tells me again and again to remember that I am his.
The “meno” abide says that I am “rooted in Christ knit to him…”   
The word spelling out truth and clearing misinformation within,
The spirit giving wisdom, convicting sin.
This “remain and abide”…
Are To give words to describe
The posture of those who understand they are forgiven
Living it out in the circadian rhythm
To continually “stay fixed upon”,”watch for”,” “submit too”,"to dwell in and encamp”,"bear patiently in waiting"…
This abiding in the love of the Father, Spirit, Son
The only  real work to be done.



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Precious

Precious, tiny, vulnerable infant,
Sweet Little girl or boy still so innocent,
Purity still in place.

But too soon this will not be the case.
Commence the slither of sin,
Twisting and turning its way in.

Some to be property traded for gain
Filling the bellies of those who at home remain.
Some their only crimes
Believing their pimping boyfriends’ lies.
Others just desiring food and to get out of the cold
Allowing their bodies to be used and sold.

Broken promises, heart ache and strife,
Pushed and enslaved into the harshest life.
Beaten, tortured and broken
Abused, all innocence stolen.

Fear a daily event
No place to be safe, none to their defense.
Home a memory of the past.
Whore, loser, worthless, new names cast.
All hope shattered like glass.

Shards of pain needing to be numbed
Even the most violent attention sought like a treasured crumb.
Men and women given over to desire and lust,
Oh mighty dollar and pleasure the thrust.

All thoughts of escape withered,
Thoughts of death and suicide highly considered.

Oh church let us awaken!
Let the whole earth be shaken!
Let us arise in protest and proclaim:
Give the forsaken a new name,
You are Beautiful, Beloved and Valuable!
To Jesus the messiah your worth incalculable.

Let us in hope call them out!
Let our prayers to heaven lament and shout
For them and us to see past the wounds and the hurt.
Let us be naked and real,
Letting the ice in our veins be warmed, so we may feel
The truth of the power of a savior whose love covers all,
From whose death, healing everyone may draw.

Let us pray for scars to be used for the building of faith,
For the outreaching arm of grace
To grab hold of our world so displaced.
Let us pray for the testimonies along with Christ’s blood
To bring proof to the world that God is still good.





Sunday, November 29, 2015

Surrender

Surrender




We hold tight to what we have
Can we really release because He gave?
In the garden the Lord God provided all,
Yet the lie of holding out begat the fall.
The hope of progeny instead of being waited for
Pursued and sought with a maidservant to up the score.
Can we really trust to lay all down?
A child offering, a blazing fire, a lion’s den, a coat and a dream,
Places so very dark but Gods provision the theme.
Now it is our turn.
Can we risk it all and not fear the burn?
Give away our safe place?
Relinquish control in order to embrace
Obedience and utter faith?
Can we forgo our latte and our IPhone?
To feed the poor, the lost or those without a home?
Can we submit our anxiety and fears?
Yielding all even the pain and tears?
Releasing hope through gifts not our own
Giving time and words for Him to be known?
Can we cease the fight?
Submit the need to be right and just shine the light?
Can we dare surrender everything?
And allow from deep inside the praises ring?
Can I renounce the comfy life?
Use all I have to pour out on those who live in strife?
Will I capitulate that living on the edge is a balance act
Reliance solely on spirit and truth all other thoughts ransacked.
Can we let our fortresses crumble?
Allow ourselves to grope about and stumble?
Can we trust the one who does enthrall?
Can and will we surrender all?


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holidays and gatherings

Holidays and gatherings,
Familiar spaces,
Routines that are ingrained.
The same old faces.
Sometimes adding something new,
But the thought of gathering making hearts race.
Assumptions already made
Long standing history the base.
Some memories good, the others stirring up pain.
But we each have opportunity to enter into a new phase.
Choose to see with new eyes,
To lovingly embrace
The ones who we are with.
Not looking back at disgrace
Not seeing what should’ve or could’ve been.
Rather follow the thread and trace
Where beauty and love has walked,
The lineage of grace.
Let this season of family time
Instead be from your mouth a song of praise.
Rejection, loneliness, hurt a thing of the past,
Letting the old be replaced,
Not faking joy but overflowing with the taste
That God is good and in this place.




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Isolation

Isolation

Why are we so intent on separation?
Always wanting what we want,
Constantly seeking what we think is best
All which results in isolation.
Unforgiveness given full rights
The pain, the hurt, too much to bare
So we take it out on others in full indignation.
“I don’t need any one” is our stand!
I can be my own one man marching band,
Declaring openly our abdication.
“Those others have no clue,”
My peeps got it right!
Disunity moving into the situation.
When the enemy is on the prowl,
Divide and conquer is the easy task
All it takes is lies and accusations.
Us and them against them and those
“If only they would get some sense”.
Attitudes saying we are better off with segregation.
“I am more important than you”
“I know what I deserve”
I should be held in veneration.
The verbiage going on and on
That somehow our separateness is the answer
But listen well to this revelation
Father son and Holy Spirit,
3 in one.
They represent the full unification,
For the world and our nation.
The answer is we in him and him in us.
There is not much else to discuss.
This perfect love triangle
Is so much more than we can see
Started long before creation
This three in one manifestation.
This truth should be our celebration.
The thing we give our all to in dedication
To represent the unity,
The love of these three
Christ’s death given for restoration
The Holy Spirit left for affirmation
The Gift of Father God, love His proclamation.









Friday, November 13, 2015

The quiet Space

                                                                 The quiet space




Somewhere deep with in
There is a quiet space.
After all is said and done,
The spirit exhorting the case;
There is no need to hide or run.
A slow unveiling of this joy filled place.
All the gifts are good,
The sad, the dark, even the ones that leave a trace.
We try so hard to be understood,
That we block the very ability to taste
The blessings that surround.
Instead the facade of peace goes up in haste,
The busyness and pretense abound.
We fight invisible battles, forgetting grace.
If only we were to remember where true rest is found.
Surrendering the very things that we mistakenly embraced.
Repentance to the maker the sweetest sound.
Then our hearts tranquil would be with his love interlaced.
Eyes that see, hands open wide to receive a crown,
Not from works or battles faced
But entering into the quiet of the renown.
Thankful for everything, increasing faith.
Now to enter in the quiet space.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

When

When…….
When Gods people believe He can…
Then women like Jennie dream
When God given dreams are enacted, then the spirit moves.
When the spirit moves, women like Erin call out to others to join in.
When the obedient join in, God becomes more real to others.
When God becomes more real to others, the spirit is invited into more spaces
When the spirit is invited into more spaces then love is manifested in the flesh.
 When the many who have been loved on begin to believe, then healing comes.
When healing comes the Father is glorified.
When the Father is glorified hope is renewed.




The “IF” movement is really the spirit on the move, awakening, beckoning, calling forth the “other half of the Church”. (Caroline Custis James). God’s love is real and  thankfully it is showing itself in the voices of Jennie Allen, Sarah Bessey, Ann Voskamp and so many more teacher /preacher sisters.  Locally, the spirit is moving women to gather for prayer and fight injustice in a church who ex- communicates the abused. It is moving in a woman who is battling Cancer who is stepping into her gift of teaching. It is moving in the voice of a woman counseling, teaching, and blogging for 365 days. It is in a mom who is finding freedom in the spirit. It is flowing in a widow grieving yet showing others the way.  It is moving in the women all around me. This movement has brought me a foster daughter and a slew of sisters who have rallied, prayed and help me love on a battered girl. They have brought new meaning to community.  It is no longer “If God” rather an anticipation of when God and His people…


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stand firm




Stand Firm

 Emotions crashing, banging, relentless pounding.
Tossed here and there, the lies resounding.
Stand firm in all you know:
Stand firm with feet planted.
Stand and see what has been granted.
Stand firm in whose body the price was paid.
Stand firm in how you were made.
Stand firm in your person-hood.
Stand firm though oft misunderstood.
Stand firm when doubts crowd in.
Stand firm in faith in Him.
Stand firm when all feels lost.
Stand firm, he already paid the cost.
Stand firm with arms outstretched.
Stand firm with no regret.
Stand firm extending grace.
Stand firm, look fear in the face.
Stand firm when all is spent and done,
Stand firm and fall into the arms of the son.
Stand firm with joy overflowing.
Stand firm in the gift of spirit knowing.
Stand firm with words forever true.
Stand firm, He will not let you fall through.
Stand firm.





Friday, October 30, 2015

stubborn

Stubborn
I will go my own way
I will choose who I let sway
I sort of know which way is best.
But heck I want to be with the rest.
I like the feel of 1 for all and all for 1,
It always seems like so much fun.
Yeah this could happen or maybe that
But really who gives a scrap.
Except of course when my stubborn decision
Heads me to a place of prison.
Freedom of choice
Turns into a loss of voice.
Darkness encroaches,
Guilt, shame approaches
My headstrong direction at a dead end,
Now where are all those who call me friend.
A calling, a whisper, a touch,
There is only one who still loves that much.
As pride strips  away
My messiah extends mercy this very day.
He who is unbending,
 Always his love sending.
Who now will I let sway,
Will I now learn to be clay,
Let the Potter have his way?
Instead of resistant to knowledge
Perhaps now to be tenacious and acknowledge,
I don’t know the way.
Let His word have last say.






Monday, October 26, 2015

There is an uneasy place

There is an uneasy place
Where all is good yet the invasion of disquiet persists
All blessings counted for the day
Check list done
All in its place
And yet turbulence just can’t resist.
The spirit stirring
Still more to obtain
Not objects or crowns
Not things to be grasped
But something amiss.
To be, to just sit,
To enter his rest.
To fill up on words that will wisdom beget.
This “restlessness” not letting us forget
The real purpose is not our check list
Our place is not steady
We need to be on our knee's ever ready
To reach, love and care,
To rescue, give hope and prepare,
but not before we come in prayer
To the uneasy place to keep us
Holding to the one who does not shake.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tradition edited







Tradition
Steeped in what has gone on before
Anticipation of the already known
Consistent patterns with added experiences
Stacking memories
Building relationships
Sharing time and space with those you love.






Our annual gathering for our mom's birthday has been a tradition for the past ____  years (I say 14 years, sis say's 8 years),either way it is has become a custom  to bring Jersey and Pa  sister's together to hang for the day with our mom. We have visited many quaint towns including Princeton and Peddlers Village. We have painted pottery and antique shopped as well as perused used book shelves. We have purchased treasures such as "The little Red Hen" book and cook ware. Tradition has been that we usually gather in the Month of October so autumn sights are par for the course such as scarecrow contests, apple cider and pumpkins. We have visited farmers markets and grounds with art sculpture. The day is also usually filled with some sort of dining experience from Italian, Pub style, a charming local eatery or simply good old chain restaurant food. Our conversations range over so many topics, too many to recount but usually funny stories or recollections of life growing up in the Elias home are in the lineup. Laughter, deep philosophical discussions and everyday life shared. Talks that don’t always happen over the phone and over the distance but can be counted to happen during this annual gathering.





Friday, October 9, 2015

Molded

Molded  

iron casting in a foundry  Chemical compounds mined carefully,
 Each atom and molecule declaring individuality.

When we are invited to say yes,
The combining of spirit and flesh.


The refining fire melting away elements of old patterns
Stretching, pouring, changing structure but not matter.

The mold maker intimately knows the form,
In the likeness of whom he has born,
But the basic compound from flesh our own.
The model maker impressing on metal, pushing into shape,
Once the process has started there is no escape.

Sculpted but no masterpiece to be the same,
His word used to guide the metal into frame.
Each time in obedience we say yes,
The melding of spirit and flesh.


Crafted to boldly display
All the attributes of the son, each in his own way.
Embracing truth, shedding impurities,
Flesh and spirit working in harmony.

The mold itself pounded out of perfect flesh
The spirit a deposit that he has not left.
The Glory of God allowed to shine through
The Glory of God Christ in you.



In metalworkingcasting involves pouring liquid metal into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowing it to cool and solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process.



Monday, October 5, 2015

Embracing the glass half full:





Embracing the glass half full:

No more to look back at half empty
Thankfulness is the answer in simplicity
But what is it about this negative pull?
Again and again heart and mind dragged down dull.
Eyes needing vision to see the plenty,
Let the old and broken be only a memory.

Thoughts renewed to hope in the possible,
“Let your heart not be troubled”.
Let the One who Is, write a new story.
Through Jesus you have a new destiny

Embrace what is good and be joyful,
You are now a member of the family royal,
Given an access pass to join in the great assembly,
To be filled full now with the fathers love,
And forever more to dwell with the Father above.