Thursday, December 19, 2019


SIMEON’S   EYES OF FAITH

Lord, for all my life I have tried to follow You,
You know how hard I have tried to remain true.
I don’t know why this promise You’ve given to me
That Israel’s consolation I will see.

I feel the guidance of Your Holy Spirit.
For some reason going to Your Temple seems fit.
I see a couple bringing with them two doves,
And carrying a tiny baby that they love.

Wait! This is surely no ordinary baby.
He is the Savior that you have promised me.
I simply can’t wait to hold Him in my arms.
I hope His mother and father are not alarmed.

Thank you, You may now dismiss your servant in peace.
My waiting for Your blessed promise can now cease.
With my own eyes I have seen Your salvation.
This tiny baby will bring light to the nations.

“Young woman, even though your baby seems small,
Through Him, many in Israel will rise and fall.
The inner thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.
Their true feelings will no longer be concealed.

Our nation’s salvation will come at a great cost.
You personally will suffer a terrible loss.
I know a sword will pierce you to your very soul,
So that others in this world can be made whole.”








DON’T LOSE THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS

It’s so easy to lose the wonder of Christmas,
Even though the story is full of strangeness.
A peasant girl is visited by an angel.
Gabriel’s greeting to her leaves her baffled.
Why would an ordinary girl be highly favored?
The whole idea of it seems so absurd.

Who ever heard of a virgin giving birth?
How could a tiny baby bring peace on earth?
A dream causes Joseph to take Mary as his wife,
When his mind was filled with great trouble and strife.
Why would the King of kings be laid in a manger?
Can you think of a story that’s any stranger?

An angel visits some humble shepherds one night.
The glory of the Lord around them brings much fright.
The message that angel brings is one of great joy.
In Bethlehem’s manger they will find a boy.
A great host of angels shout praises to God.
An angel bringing such news to shepherds seems odd.

Mary sees all these things and ponders them in her heart.
Of all the wonders we know only a part.
Magi travel many miles following a star.
Why would some kind of star make them travel so far?
Why would they bring with them such rich presents?
Mary and Joseph seemed to be simple peasants.

Simeon knows he will see the Messiah.
He sees a baby and cries out Hallelujah.
He knows that this small child is the world’s salvation.
Jesus has come to bring peace to the nations.
An old woman named Anna also sees this child
And the joy that He brings causes her to smile.




Tuesday, December 11, 2018


WHEN TWO MIRACLES MEET

For this Christmas season, let me give you a special treat.
I will tell you a story about when two miracles meet.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were both very old.
Yet their love for their Heavenly Father had not grown cold.
Zechariah was busy in the temple burning incense,
When an angel came with a story that did not make sense.
How could he and Elizabeth have a son in their old age?
That this would be impossible anyone would surely gage.

That same angel Gabriel came to a very young woman.
The angel’s greeting to Mary would startle any woman.
She was nothing special, so how could she be highly favored?
Yet the Gabriel’s promise to her was one that she would savor.
She was chosen by God to bear a miraculous Child.
For some reason, she was the one on whom God had smiled.
His promise was that a virgin was going to give birth.
Isn’t that one of the greatest miracles on earth?

Mary asks the angel how she could possibly have a son.
So he tells that the God’s blessings have only begun.
Her relative, Elizabeth, would also have a son.
And Mary’s son, Jesus, would reign over everyone.
So Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hills.
There she was warmly greeted by someone who shared her thrill.
Elizabeth exclaimed that Mary was especially blessed.
That she would bear the Messiah, who would have guessed?

The baby that Elizabeth bears in her womb leaps for joy.
Even he knows that Mary’s child is no ordinary boy.
Even though neither of the women has yet given birth,
Both of them know that their sons are destined to have great worth.
In their excitement, both women burst into song.
For the fulfillment of God’s promises they have waited long.
Who would refuse to sing boldly when two miracles meet?
This is a blessed time that God would never ever repeat.






Sunday, November 12, 2017

LIVING IN HARMONY

Out of the depths of His infinite love,
Jesus was sent from the Father above.
One day the Holy Spirit came like a dove,
And the Father said, “This is the Son I love.”

While we were sinners, Jesus laid down his life.
The Prince of Peace was destined to suffer strife.
In the midst of His trials He promised us peace,
And that one day all of our troubles would cease.

The peace that He promised begins in our heart.
And the forgiveness of our sins is the start.
Those who are forgiven must also forgive.
Carrying grudges is no way to live.

He died to make us sisters and brothers,
And He taught us to love one another.
So why put on mask in front of each other?
Let us be honest with one another.

He calls us to live with devotion and zeal.
Our love for Him and each other must be real.
It must not be an act we are playing.
And no matter what we must keep praying.

We owe each other honour and respect.
That is exactly what Jesus would expect .
With one another we must grieve and mourn.
That is one reason that Jesus was born.

We need to be reminded of the great story,
That Jesus came to lead us to glory.
Our pain will be nothing to worry about,
When Jesus, our Savior, returns with a shout.






Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CREATION GROANS

The inexplicable has happened in Canada.
Six men were killed while worshiping Allah.
That a man would do this is hard to believe.
Surely God in Heaven must be sorely grieved.

We feel that in this great country we are safe.
This horrible news makes our hearts and minds chafe.
When will this senseless violence come to an end?
When again to this world will God His Son send?

This world we live in is in such a mess.
We often hear of news that causes great distress.
Senseless cruelty and death causes us to moan.
Until Christ comes again creation must groan.

The angels sang God’s praises at Jesus’ birth.
They announced that he came to bring peace on earth.
Yet we see that this world is hardly at peace.
The atrocities never seem to cease.

In this period of trial and tension,
We eagerly await our redemption.
We know that our Father is on His throne,

But we know that for now all creation groans.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Immanuel

IMMANUEL

Long ages before mankind began sinning,
The Word was there with God at the beginning.
The Word was God and He made everything.
Into the darkness He came as a light shining.

Four hundred long years of silence was broken.
For now again God had finally spoken.
A prophet came to turn men’s hearts back to God.
Deliverance finally came; let’s applaud.

The angel Gabriel came to a young woman.
She will be blessed who has never known a man.
Can it be that the Son of God she carries?
Even before her betrothed Joseph she marries?

To Elizabeth, Mary will quickly run,
For she too will be blessed with a special son.
God’s mercies toward us had only begun.
The victory will finally be won.

The baby in Elizabeth leaps for joy.
He knows Mary’s Child is no ordinary boy.
Both Elizabeth and Mary burst into song.
For Mary’s child is the One to end all wrong.

Joseph the carpenter is a righteous man.
To stop Mary’s disgrace he will do what he can.
Suddenly an angel comes to him in a dream.
This Child’s not as impossible as it seems.

Shepherds in their fields are startled at night.
These humble people witness a glorious sight.
Angel choirs sing about a humble birth.
They say the Son of God is coming to earth.

The true Light has come into the world of sin
Into our lives the Son of God enters in.
Though few will receive Him, He still comes.
Those who receive become God’s daughters and sons.

Simeon knows that he will see the Messiah.
God has promised him and He is no liar.
He sees the little child that Mary now holds.
This is the One that all the prophets foretold.

Wise men from far away see a special star.
To worship this Child they will travel far.
At His feet gold, frankincense and myrrh they present.
They too must worship the King that God has sent.

Yet jealous Herod will accept no rivals.
The thought of another king makes him hostile.
He will kill all the babies in Bethlehem.
The Child hurries to Egypt to escape him

The young Boy is left behind in Jerusalem.
Mary and Joseph hurry back to find Him.
At the temple He shows great understanding.
His depth of knowledge is truly amazing.

This special Child grew in wisdom and stature,
And with both God and men He grew in favor.
That’s all we know about His growth to be a man.
But we know that He was much more than a man.

The Word became flesh and lived among men.
He bled and died to make sinners God’s children.
John and others beheld His divine glory.
They walked with Him so they could tell His story.

When Jesus came down to the river Jordan,
To fulfill all righteousness was His plan.
When He was baptized the Spirit came like a dove,
And God the Father said, “This is the Son I love.”

Into the desert Jesus the Son was led.
For a long forty days Jesus was not fed.
Satan the deceiver came to tempt him.
Yet three times Jesus refused to give in.

At a wedding, Mary said, “They’re out of wine.”
Jesus told His mother, “It is not my time.”
He told them to fill six big jars with water.
The wine that He made could not have been better.

Nicodemus came to Jesus one night.
He came seeking religious insight.
Jesus told him he must be born from above.
To save us God sent the Son that He loved.

Through the despised Samaria Jesus did go.
There to a woman, Jesus His mercy did show.
Even though He knew she had been five men’s wife,
He still offered her the water of life.

Even though He turned the water into wine,
And healed the official’s son at the right time,
When He came to the town where He grew up,
They rejected Him and a hostile crowd was stirred up.

The crowds were amazed at the way that He spoke.
On a Sabbath He freed a man from a demon’s yoke.
At Peter’s house He healed his mother-in-law.
This was just two of the wonders the people saw.

Jesus touched a leper that no one would touch.
How could He love a despised one so much?
When the paralyzed man was lowered down to Him,
He forgave his sins and brought healing to him.

Many other miracles Jesus did perform.
It was almost as if the wondrous was His norm.
The multitude He fed wanted to make him king.
They hungered for the blessing they thought He’d bring.

Jesus did ride into Jerusalem as king,
But to seek an earthly throne was not His thing.
He calmed the sea, healed the sick, and raised the dead.
And who can forget the beautiful things He said?

Jesus said it’s the poor in spirit who are blessed.
The mourners and the meek are also blessed.
The blessed hunger and thirst for righteousness,
And bring mercy and peace to this world in a mess.

He called us to be salt and light to the earth.
And said in God’s sight we are of great worth.
We think if we keep the rules, God will be pleased.
But Jesus wants us to be kind to the least.

Jesus came from heaven to earth to be the true vine.
Those who trust in Him must always abide in that vine.
Without Jesus, we can’t have fruit and we can’t have life.
If we don’t abide in Him, instead of peace, we’ll have strife.

Like the branches of the vine we all need to be pruned.
There are many things in our life that are out of tune.
Because Jesus died for us, all who trust in Him are sons.
But God must work in our life to make us like His Son.

Jesus told his followers the way that He would die.
To his false accusers, He did not reply.
He endured the beatings and the crown of thorns.
It was the King of kings that the people scorned.

It was for me that He bore Calvary’s shame.
He was innocent; I am the one to blame.
God knows I am the one who brought Him disgrace.
So why did He send His Son to take my place?

How can it be that it was on Calvary’s tree,
That Satan was defeated and I was set free?
What looked like defeat was really victory.
Oh what a wonder that Jesus died for me!

Because of Golgotha I have nothing to fear.
Since Jesus died for me, to God I can draw near.
As Jesus predicted, after three days He rose.
Death and Satan were now finally deposed.

For forty days Jesus was seen by many.
He was alive who died on Calvary’s tree.
His fearful disciples were suddenly brave.
At Pentecost, Peter preached and many were saved.

Jesus will return the same way that He left.
Those who trust in Him will never be bereft.
Even though I see trouble and strife all around me,
I’m not afraid; I know He’s coming for me.













Friday, August 26, 2016

CELEBRATION OF JOY

God is with us, celebrate!
We’ve all been touched by his grace.
Let us worship. God is great.
Lift up your hearts. Sing his praise.
Where can we find true peace of mind?
Here in the presence of God,
When can we leave problems behind?
When we come to worship God.

We have all sinned. We’re all flawed.
We come into God’s presence,
Because we are the sons of God.
We have escaped his judgments.
Our sins have all been forgiven.
We are all cleansed by His blood.
Redeem and bound for Heaven.
His grace has washed us like a flood.

Mighty God of all creation,
Ruler of the universe.
You reign over ev’ry nation.
Head of a people diverse,
We are gathered to worship You.
Accept our worship and praise.
May our love for You be renewed,
As to You our voice we raise.