Contemplations of the End

In my heart of hearts, I want to live each moment so that, whenever my end comes, I can face this final defeat as my greatest victory, the triumph of crossing the finish line of a race run well, to reach Your arms, see Your face, and hear You say, "Well done."

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Fig Leaf

Wrestling in the dark with unbelief, Hiding from your eyes my sins so base. I was born clutching a fig leaf, A broken image alive in disgrace. In a world of sinners I am the chief. Your halls of light I would only efface With my unclean presence, however brief. You call to me, and … Continue reading Fig Leaf

A Few Short Years: A Christmas Villanelle 

Your heart's set on a few short years  With gifts to buy and family to call  What happens when the Son appears? On an average night to angels' cheers God wrapped Himself in child's flesh in a dirty stall  Your heart's set on a few short years Chasing the best, perfect careers Someday your name … Continue reading A Few Short Years: A Christmas Villanelle 

What is Faith?

Is faith a lofty pragmatism a one-time-buy insurance policy a spoiled child an "I asked once don't make me ask again" Or is faith an ocean tide an interminably persistent sibling a ceaseless alarm an "I know you hear and you better believe I'm not going away?"   Yesterday I spent six hours talking about prayer … Continue reading What is Faith?

Perfect Love

Perfect Love by Beth Wangler So this is what they mean By perfect love that casts out fear: Your face I’ve never seen, But still I know that You are near. Your presence makes me bold To take the risks I’d never dare If I were young or old. Your favor frees me from all … Continue reading Perfect Love

Poemless

I want to write You a poem, a rhyme about Your Name, but I can't seem to find even one line that compares to Your glory and grace. "In love" is too weak a phrase--all of me is branded by the brilliance of Your face. I am forever Yours-- even that a mere blink next to the endlessness of Your timelessness.

Wondering if Romance is Still Real (The Answer is Yes)

Over the holiday season, I worked at Barnes and Noble.  The quickest path to the break room through the shelves heavy with thousands of books was down the romance aisle. Now, I’ve never considered myself a typical girl.  Sure, I played with dolls growing up, but I also spent hours outside in the dirt.  My … Continue reading Wondering if Romance is Still Real (The Answer is Yes)

Remember

“Remember what the Lord your God has done for you—” How He spoke from heaven, how He thought and it became. You formed from dust and He took you in His hands and He breathed His life in us. “Remember what the Lord your God has done for you—” How He led the captives forth … Continue reading Remember

My Cross

I have found my cross, That noble, cursed tree, And in its rough-hewn grain I see All my ambitions, all of my dreams, Every hope of glorious deeds And longing for renown. Taking up my heavy cross, I smile as the fears abate: It is a deep relief to find I love You more than … Continue reading My Cross