Deep darkness
Darkness over the deep

Shining light
Light from heaven shining

Spoken words
Words of life are spoken

Wondrous life
Life with God is wondrous

Holy God
God alone is holy

Dreaded sin
Sin brings what is dreaded

Spoken Words
Words of hope are spoken

Shining light
Light from heaven shining

Jesus born
Born to die King Jesus 

Defeated death
Death has been defeated

Place your trust
Trust Him Who took your place 

Wondrous life
Life with God is wondrous

Because You Loved Us First


Verse 1
To the God who loved us first
We praise You with cymbals and strings
And we sing out with grateful hearts
To proclaim what a merciful God!
We’re overwhelmed by what You’ve done

You’re Holy, Righteous and Patient
And You have loved all nations
Yes, You have brought salvation
Because You loved us first
And now we give You glory
As we tell the story
Of how You came to earth
Because You loved us first

Verse 2
Our hope is not based on luck or chance
No, it’s found in Your faithfulness
Now we cling to Your kindness
And the wonder of Your cross
Til You return for the church

We read Your Word again and again
We pray to You again and again
We serve each other again and again
We give to You again and again
Because You loved us first

Behind the lines

Psalm 33: The Steadfast Love of the LORD (ESV)

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.

The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.


The Skipped Page


I skipped a page in my notebook
And wondered what it meant.
Was I supposed to leave it blank,
Or should I write on it?

Were the white spaces and blue lines
Reminding me to breathe?
Or, were they desperately calling,
“Please write, and do not leave?”

So with mechanical pencil,
I wrote between the lines,
As I stared at the metal rings
And holes dotting both sides.

On the left, a short hair dangled
Off the edge of the page,
And made me wonder what it meant…
Could this be about my age?

So I blew the little hair clear
As I stopped to erase,
Thinking it was faster to strike,
Than stop, and start this way.

But when I began writing fast
The lead in my pencil broke.
I had to click and start again
To finish the last stroke.

My mind wandered to the pencil;
Was it better than ink?
And should I use a yellow one
That rarely ever breaks?

The moral of the story is…
I really do not know.
Perhaps, don’t leave a blank page where
Skipping thoughts can go.

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