Hope

You shone Your light

Into my dark world

Pierced the night of my sorrows

With a ray of hope

 

The black mist over my eyes

Melted away as Your truth

Lit up the path before me

Like beacons on a runway

 

You led me back

To the path of Your calling

Led me from my wandering

To the straight path

 

I cling to Your Word

Like a cast adrift sailor

Grips to a buoy

You keep me from going under

The Shallows

It’s easy in the shallows

Life is so calm, so relaxing

The crystal water is cool to the touch

So refreshing as it trickles over your worn feet

 

It’s easy in the shallows

The current is weak, non-existent

The pull to the sea is easily ignored

Swatted away like an irritant fly

 

It’s easy in the shallows

There is no commitment, no permanence

You can enter and leave the water at will

Bail out whenever it gets too much

 

It’s easy in the shallows

There’s no effort, no struggle

You stay marooned on the dry river bank

And watch life pass you by

Worth

I saw no worth in me

Yet You gave up all You had for me

Hurtful words stuck to my forehead like labels

You spun Your loving words into a crown for me

You rebuilt the ruins of my self esteem

Into a castle, secure and steadfast

Though my heart was locked away

Guarded by tangles of barbed wire

You walked in and healed my deep hurts

You told me I was more

Than the mistakes I had made

You told me I was Yours and nothing could change that

The lies that bound me fell away

And I found my worth in You

Emptiness

Why this emptiness in my life?

Why has the light

All of a sudden, gone out?

My voice echoes in the vastness

The ghost of loneliness

Brushing past my skin

Aimless I feel I am wandering

When my path was once so sure

The veil of hopelessness flutters over my eyes

The future obscured

 

But then I open Your Word

And the sun rises

A shaft of light piercing like a knife

Cutting through the mist

That my feelings threw up

 

You never promised that I would be pain free

But You said that You would always comfort me

You never promised that I would never feel alone

But You promised that I never would be

You never promised that I would always know the plan

But You promised that Your plan is always good

 

I reach out in the darkness

And though I still feel

This gaping void around me

I know that You are with me

A candle flickers to life in my heart

A certain knowledge that empowers me

The knowledge that this feeling,

This stage of life

Will end

In the Battle

Lift up your head

Though the battle rages

And an army approaches

Do not let fear darken your heart

 

See the light piercing through the cloud

Know that I am here

Though you wield sword and shield

It is I who will fight this battle

 

As the footsteps thud down

Like drums of impending doom

Tune into My song in your heart

Let its peaceful tune echo inside

 

Let the words of love flow through you

Know that I am committed to you

That even in your darkest moments

I will not leave you

 

Let that be the sound

That rings in your ears

As you make your advance forward

As you face up to another battle

Cry of my Heart

An empty cry

Rising from an empty heart

The holding place of a yearning

That is threatening to break out

 

Surging like the sea

Its roar so immersive

Thrashing in frustration

All this in me

And somehow no one must see

 

But You see

And You understand

For in You was the same passion

And You let it flow out

Rivers of love streaming from the base of the cross

 

You draw near to me

You gently touch my restless heart

Its ceaseless thudding like a bass drum

Fading softly under Your guidance

 

You fill the void

The emptiness that caused me to cry out

Now I know where I belong

Your love has made me whole

A Psalm of Praise

Lift your voice and praise the Lord.

He is worthy of all honour, glory and power.

Who can match his unmeasurable worth?

If all the earth were to fade away, You would remain.

You rely on nothing to survive; You are self-sustaining, all encompassing.

Draw near to me God.

 

Though I am stained with sin and marked with iniquity, have mercy on me.

Pour Your love on me and forgive my sins.

Open my eyes to see you more clearly; guide me on the way that honours Your name.

Teach me and I will learn the secrets of Your heart.

I long to know you God; as a father; as a friend

Your righteous, right hand is mighty beyond all compare, with it You crumple the mountains of Hades

And crush the strongholds of the enemy.

And yet it is my comfort and my support.

Comfort me once again God.

Knocking

A gentle knock on the door

From a long lost friend

Hoping to rekindle the dying embers

Hoping to rebuild what was lost

 

The door is bolted shut

Darkness lurks in the hallways

The house is littered with paraphernalia

A cold breeze moves through

This is the house of a broken man

 

On the ground lie broken household items

The evidence of burglaries and abuse

He lies in a corner curled up

His pale frame now swallowed up in his clothes

He trusts no one, he will survive alone in here

 

He lies in darkness and isolation

Life beyond his pain seems nothing more than a dream

And yet only a few centimetres of wood

Separate him from complete freedom

 

A gentle knock on the door

From a long lost friend

He has the power to change it all

But He won’t force His way in

 

Let Him in

Tomorrow

It looms ominously

A black cloud on the horizon

Silently it sweeps across the sky

Until there is no more light

Just a sheet of darkness and dread

 

You can’t look beyond it

The insurmountable mountain

The future only brings fear

Stress is a filthy rat

Gnawing at the knot of your heart

Like a stone your stomach drops to the depths

 

Whatever awaits you

When the sun rises up again

Whatever you fear

Know that you are never alone

 

“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 (NIV)