Friday, March 29, 2013

Amazing Love

This is something I wrote a few years ago, and since it's Good Friday, I thought I'd share it (unedited)...

"Last night at CYT we sang the words 'Amazing Love, how can it be/ that you, my King, would die for me?'* As I thought about the words, I thought about kings, and I suddenly had a picture in my head. Picture a medieval king on his throne. A peasant, dirty and in rags, is brought before him. The man has stolen a horse, and the law demands that he hang. His guilt is undeniable, and the king passes sentence. Soldiers begin to drag the man away. Suddenly, the king stands. 'Stop!' he commands, 'Yes, this man is guilty, but I will die in his place.' Instantly, the peasant is set free, and the king is taken to the gallows.

Unlikely? Absurd! Yet how much greater was my Lord, and how much worse was I? The depth of God's love is greater than we could ever grasp."

* "I'm forgiven, because You were forsaken.
I'm accepted, You were condemned.
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

Amazing love, how can it be
That you, My King, would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true.
It's my joy to honor You.
In all I do, I honor you."

Friday, March 8, 2013

Poem- "Blessings"


Don't let another take the place
Which must be Yours alone.
Please Lord, don't let Your gifts take that
Which You, the Giver, own.

I see how richly I am blessed,
My life is full, it's true,
But these things have no worth
Unless they point my heart to You.

May I be so consumed with You
That the joys which fill my days
Just lead my heart to love you more,
And to live a life of praise.