Sometimes Christmas presentsAre last-minute things—We rush to just buy something—Hope for joy it brings.Sometimes gifts are well thought outAnd studied with care,But executed hurriedlyWe hope the idea’s fair.Sometimes our grand designsAre thwarted in some way:The store’s sold out, it’s discontinued—It costs how much? No way! But God’s Christmas PresentWas no last-minute mad dash.He did not scramble… Continue reading The Appointment of Christmas
The first present of ChristmasWas not wrapped with bright paper,Shiny ribbons, sparkling bows,Or ties with ends that taper.The first present of ChristmasWas not large in any way,No impressive size,And not containing much to weigh.The first present of ChristmasDid not rattle, shake, or thump,Jingle, crinkle, ring, or beep,Or turn on with a bump.The first present of… Continue reading The First Present of Christmas
When You breathed life into Adam and thenWhen You removed his rib to make his Eve,When You closed up his side with flesh again,Did you a scar on his perfect flesh leave?In Your unblemished world he did receiveBlemish to make flesh of his flesh and bone.So in Your prescience, Lord I believeYou showed the pattern… Continue reading The First Adam and the Last Adam
Thanks to your support of my book, Learning to Love: A Collection of Poetry and 40 Daily Devotions, you also helped feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and support families during financial crisis through Inside-Out Ministries.
Because of your support, you have given Christmas to children in poverty and high-risk situations who would otherwise have no Christmas gifts this year!
Today, I’d like to spotlight a ministry local to my area: the Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center. This organization offers free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds as well as pregnancy support, parenting classes, free baby supplies for attending classes, information about abortions, adoption options, and post-abortion counseling. Through their love and support of women who may be facing unexpected pregnancies, they share the “Truth of Life” no matter what decision parents make. They not only have programs and resources for expectant mothers, but fathers as well, offering classes and counseling. They “bring awareness, raise support, and unite our community for life” (huntsvilleprc.org).
There’s a fire, fire fire, There’s a fire in my heart today. It’s gonna burn, burn, burn, It’s gonna burn all the trash away. They’ll be a pile, pile, pile, A big old pile I’m pulling out. You’ll see it burn, burn, burn, See it burning all about.
A house divided cannot stand. It’s like a castle in the sand. It’s like a palace on the shore With a storm coming to its door. A house divided cannot live. It won’t repent and won’t forgive. It sharpens swords that it has made Against itself, which blunts its blade.
Come and sing God a new song. Come worship! Come join the throng. Let’s dance like David in the street And touch the lives of all we meet. Come, let us climb the mountain peak To shout His name. Come mild and meek!
As you enjoy your Memorial Day, take some time to honor the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. This is my poem, "Memorial," in memory of one such soldier.