Only A Branch

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Only A Branch

I am only a branch
I am moved by the wind
When a bird finds my perch
I am likely to bend
But I curve and I stretch
and I know, from the root
that I have what I need
to sprout leaves and bear fruit.

-kb

“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” (Rev 22:16b, NIV)

Snow

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Snow

It is icy up here
and the night has been long
I haven’t heard cheer
or the little bird’s song
the dark makes it colder
oh, the shadows of night
I’m not seeing gladness
or the little bird’s flight
how do I wish morning
would make itself known
when eyes would peer out
from the tucked-in, hushed home
they’d see me, and smile
oh, how bright it becomes
when the little bird sings
at the sight of the sun
then with the warmth
and with the glow
I become water
when once I was snow
I fall from this branch
but all the way down
I’ll see the bird dance
and hear its sweet sound

– kb

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1, NIV)

An Adventure Story

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An Adventure Story

There is no such thing
As a heroic tale
That ends at the start
Without wind or sail
But one goes on a journey
That’s where draws the heart
And each step that is taken
Is of every whole, part
For there is no beginning
Where rests all the glory
It’s the begin-agains
That tell the great story

“I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isaiah 43:19c, NIV)

Choosing To Dwell With Him

skateboard-331751__480We have a choice as to where we dwell, and God gave us this ability to choose.  He gave us this choice knowing that we could make the decision not to dwell closely with Him.  Freedom to choose is something I value highly.  I think the same is true for lots of people.  Thank You, God, for giving me a choice as to where I dwell.  It’s comforting to know that if we choose to seek God and desire for Him to be at the center of our lives, we can never be out of reach of His hand or in any situation where He will not lead us.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:9-10, NIV)

A Healing Of Heart

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A Healing Of Heart

In stillness, I hear my heart beating
See more clearly the wind through the trees
Watch pine needles fall, mountains stand tall,
and heavy thoughts move in to seize

It’s deliberate, this moving about
This putting things out of my mind
It’s easier that way, a chance to delay
the pain that does echo and find

I wish I could tell it, “Be gone!”
And far away it would go
Like a leaf on the stream
floats away in sunbeam,
or like footprints that fade in the snow

Struggles they come, but they’ll go
Once and for all they’ll depart
And I’ll find my strength,
be renewed by each length
and all with a healing of heart

-kb

” . . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

Love Is

sunset-815270__480What is love?  To me, love is Jesus forgiving Peter for denying that he knew Him.  Love is Jesus inviting Matthew, an unpopular tax collector, to follow Him, learn from Him, and to be His friend.  Love is Jesus washing His friends’ feet.  Love is Jesus multiplying loaves of bread for the hungry masses.  Love is Jesus asking His Father to forgive His persecutors at the same time that He was suffering.  Love is Jesus assuring a humbled, dying thief that he would, that day, be with Him in paradise.  Jesus gave us the perfect example of how to love.  He forgave.  He invited.  He washed.  He multiplied.  He interceded.  He accepted.  Thank you, Jesus.

“And now these three remain: faith hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV)

From A Long Way Off

merciful-father-2629952__480Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is how God in the Old Testament (OT) sometimes seems different from the God Jesus came to make known.  I know that He is not different because God does not change . . . “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).  The Bible also reveals that Jesus is God . . . “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15, NIV), and that He is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV).  So why does it seem like God was more stern in the OT, whereas Jesus makes familiar a God of love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness?  First, I need to say that the OT is not without examples of the love and forgiveness of God . . . I just get more insight into the gentleness of God, in Jesus.  So this is a question I will continue to ask God about.  But one thing I do know.  I know that God is love . . . “God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16b, NIV).  And I have experienced His love first hand, when at times I have acted less than loving toward Him and He has made it known to me, whether it was through something I read, something someone said, or just a reassuring thought, that He was still there and was present with me.  Through Jesus, God forgives us our shortcomings and not only that, but like the prodigal son, He sees us from a ” . . . long way off . . . “ and is ” . . . filled with compassion . . . “ (Luke 15:20, NIV).

If I Were Lost

For some reason, I was aware of the love and reality of God, early on…

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“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, ESV)
“‘Am I a God who is only close at hand?’ says the Lord.  ‘No, I am far away at the same time.  Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?  Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24, NLT)
“The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:8, NLT)