09 December 2010
By Clayton Davis
When I close my eyes
All I can see is despair
It’s in their faces
It’s in their stride
Just making it through the day
Helps them survive on their pride
Another drink, another toke
All their pain is not a joke
When I look in the mirror, what do I see
But by the grace of God, there goes thee
Because of God’s love, I am free
For He sent Jesus to die for me
He took my infirmities, my guilt, and my shame
And wiped them from His sight
With unmerited love, mercy and grace
I now live a life worth living
A life that is in His light
By Aleta Shaheen
The musician picked up his guitar after what had seemed like an eternity.
He embraced it as he began to play.
As he plays I can feel his emotions as he strums.
His eyes shine with the passion and enthusiasm that he has for his savior.
His face grows soft and sad as he sings about his savior’s death.
His eyes dance as he announces his savior’s resurrection.
Oh, how he wishes everyone could share his passion for his Christ.
He looks around at his band members and shakes his head.
They play for themselves while he plays for his Lord.
I watch as he takes them aside and prays with them.
One member stares at the ceiling,
Another plays with her hair,
While still another is looking at the floor.
I listen in on their prayer and I hear his devotion to his God.
How he shares his hopes and dreams with Him.
How he invites Him into this place of worship.
I sit amazed as he leads his band on the stage and begins to play.
He jumps to the beat of the song.
He claps to excite the congregation.
He invites them to worship with abandonment,
Not worrying about what others may think.
I want to have his passion, his enthusiasm, his excitement.
I want to be like him.
This musician is my baby brother,
By Aaron Hoimyr
From the days that went before,
From the days that went before,
They were cloudy in sight,
and the weight of my heart slowed me down,
at the day of conscription, I was assigned to this life,
and there was no blue sky in sight.
As the winds blew by, and the sky began to cry,
the whole foundation of the earth began to move,
it shifted like sand and I never quite could stand,
for a second before I hit the ground.
With a loud shriek and sigh, I let out a battle cry,
to the commander of the army of my heart,
I cried out in sin, and let out within, my distorted love,
that wasn’t love at all
Praying and hoping that with him, I could smile with a grin,
and shout out, ‘This world is not my home!’
But to my dismay, as my heart was torn away,
I realized that happiness was not for me to find
But within the general’s heart, he saw I was torn apart,
and he never stopped looking for a way
to bring me back from sin, and to cleanse me from within,
so that when I prayed I’d look to him
I felt within me a yearning for some peace,
and a need to be cleansed by his flood,
tears would never do, this was something I’d have to prove:
a change of heart and mind towards his blood
Then with a sight of what I sought, my selfish desires that I fought,
and the feelings of fear that dwelt within
were repeated back to me, from the one and only king,
and I was told either to love them or turn away.
And when I chose to obey, to give in to his way,
I found his instructions led me out of the dark,
The clouds pulled away, and the night turned to day,
and my heart was filled with happiness from above.
He said unto me, if you follow my lead,
I will show you a path that’s never wrong,
you’ll see the cedar trees, and fall onto your knees,
’cause the sight you’re seeing now is God
With the day so very bright, and the mountains in my sight,
the warmth in winter frees me from within,
I don’t look at today as a break from all the pain,
but today is a victory that God has won
No day of warmth will pass away, without me knowing that today
is a victory instead of the eye of a storm,
the calm days will come, but today is different,
because the Lord has freed my heart from fallacy
From fallacy it’s risen, and his strength that he has given,
today is enough for me to see his plan is alive!
Now love will feel like rain, and I understand from today on my pain
is perservance of the saint within.
It is the Lord’s great delight, to see us withstand such a fight,
and to prove our faith to him evermore,
for when we stand with him, he’s a conquerer of sin,
and victory he claims, through Jesus our Lord
I will grow old, but sight will not fade,
my sight will increase,
my hearing will not fade,
but strengthen powerfully in the least
Because when by victory you know
that God will never let you go,
the one you hope in becomes evident for you to see,
and the promises you hear,
as you open up your ear,
will resonate louder as the days turn to years
04 December 2010
By Alyssa Higgins
cloaked in black
warms cold hearts
drives away chill
until the cold comes
peace blankets my soul
The snow is white
like a sheet
and for a time,
against soft grey skies
By Michael van Hoeve
Do you seek holiness?
Do you seek righteousness?
Do you seek justice?
Do you seek what is infinite
Do you seek strength?
Do you seek
an ever present companion?
Do you seek knowledge?
Do you seek wisdom?
Do you seek love?
Do you seek mercy?
Do you seek grace?
Do you seek kindness?
Do you seek
someone who cares?
Do you seek what is good?
Do you seek forgiveness?
02 December 2010
By Aleta Shaheen
I watched Him as He passed me by.
I watched as He began to fall.
I did not reach out to spare His fall,
But watched as He fell toward earth.
I watched as He became oh, so vulnerable.
I watched as He lay as if dead,
The whole world on His shoulders.
I slowly moved through the crowd to be by His side.
I picked up the dark and foreboding tree.
As I looked upon the tree, I saw the sins of the world.
I gazed on His innocent face and wondered how this could be.
As I looked into His eyes I saw that He was the Messiah,
The one that I had hoped and prayed for.
I wondered how He, as the Messiah, could bear to carry this weight.
How could the Promised One die as a common murderer?
He looked me in the eyes and said,
“I am doing this for you, and I do so willingly.”
“Willingly”; how could He say that?
How can He bear to look at my sins, let alone die for them?
I did not have time to ponder this for the guard yelled for us to go on.
As I walked I thought about my sins that He bore upon His shoulders.
The lies, idolatry, blasphemy, and lust that I had committed and He bore.
Why did He do this willingly?
We crested a hill and there it lay: Golgotha.
That was where He would die.
There I would lose my Redeemer and King.
All I could do was weep as I saw the place where my Lord would be crucified.
We climbed higher and higher.
I felt Him quake as we drew near the hill.
The tree seemed to grow heavier as we climbed.
I looked back at the tree and I saw the filth that the world described as pleasure.
It seeped through the tree like water to a sponge.
Where it touched it stained, like blood on snow.
The stench of death was present on the tree.
The death was that of sinners who had betrayed God.
We arrived at the hill just as He dropped to His knees.
I could hear Him pray, “Father if it’s Your will, take this cup from me.”
I did not hear an answer, but He struggled to His feet and went to the tree.
He placed himself upon the tree as meek as a lamb.
I could not stand there and let them kill Him.
I rushed toward Him and tried to remove Him from the tree.
As the Roman soldiers pulled me back I heard Him whisper, “I love you.”
I heard these words and sank to my knees.
I realized that He did this out of love for me.
I, a worthless sinner, did nothing to deserve this wondrous gift.
I watched as one nail was driven into His body,
Then two and finally three.
He did this for me.
I watched His final hours of life.
I watched as He promised a thief Paradise.
I watched as He cried out to His father.
I watched as He died. For me.
He died willingly for me.
That day a sinner became a saint.
My name is Simon
By Jessie Savard
I’ve got a Saviour:
One who will wipe your tears with His own hand;
One who will share forgiveness when forgiveness is not deserved;
One who will be the best Friend you’ve ever had;
One who will help you with the impossible tasks;
One who will give you life, and life to the fullest.
I’ve got a Lover:
One who will never leave you;
One who will provide for all your needs;
One who will give you comfort in times of sadness and uncertainty;
One who will make you feel like the most special person in the world;
One who will shatter your heart with His love.
I’ve got a Father:
One who will share with you all of His wisdom and knowledge;
One who will protect you from hurting yourself;
One who will listen to your every thought and never tire of it;
One who will hold you up when you are ready to fall;
One who will who will give you the affirmation and acceptance you desire.
I’ve got a Friend:
One who will make you laugh until your stomach hurts;
One who will bring you joy in the direst of circumstances;
One who will lead you on the path of humility;
One who will always put others before Himself;
One who will stick closer than a brother.
I’ve got a God:
One who will heal you of every ailment;
One who will bring you true freedom in every form;
One who will give you grace after grace;
One who will shepherd His flock with His life;
By Jacques Tredoux
Oh, my God, how majestic is Your name
When they say Your name, without thought, in vain
If only they knew: their Saviour is you.
Oh, my God, how acceptable Your sacrifice
You suffered the cross, paid the ultimate price
If only they knew: the greatest love that is You
Oh, my God, how perfect Your resurrection
You overcame death for their perfection
If only they knew: their life is in You
Oh, my God, how gracious Your forgiveness
You forgave their sins while they were sinners
If only they knew: Your saving grace
Oh, my God, how peaceful Your presence
They strive for peace through compromise
If only they knew: Your lasting peace
Oh, my God, how comforting Your faithfulness
They seek acceptance and recognition from men
If only they knew: Your unfailing love
Oh, my God, how mighty Your protection
They rely on their own weapons, their money, on science
If only they knew: to hide in You
Oh, my God, how infinite Your wisdom
They proclaim their accomplishments with pride
If only they knew: they are insignificant compared to You
Oh, my God, please open their eyes
Please soften their hearts
If only they knew: to repent before You
By Jacques Tredoux
Jesus is my Lord.
God is real and personal.
He knows me better than I know myself.
He is powerful, yet approachable.
He is God, yet he desires a relationship with me.
Jesus is my Saviour.
He died so that I may have life.
He rose from the dead so that I may be born again.
He saved me from myself, despite myself.
His grace is sufficient for me.
Jesus is my Friend.
He understands me better that I understand myself.
He is my helper; He is the one I lean on.
He wants the best for me.
No one has greater love for me than
Like snow overnight,
Blessing comes silently
The footprints of bygone days
stained with faults and wandering
Snow falls silently
crying and shouting
until there’s only
The dark sky
after deep sleep
Surprising me: suddenly
I long for the favour of You
In this morning
all kinds of chains
are coming untied;
opening the prison door;
following the emissary of You
Taken to the street of the Gospel
I wish for the blessing of
By Joonha Hwang
it wasn’t the cross on the hill
it wasn’t the tears on His cheeks
it wasn’t the empty tomb
it wasn’t His blood
it wasn’t His grace
it wasn’t His love
no reason for…
the greatest name of all…