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Poetry Wednesday

Posted in The LORD with tags , , , on December 24, 2008 by mccoolio

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Hey guys,

I’m a little late on my Poetry Tuesday. I had nasal surgery Tuesday morning and I’m still not out of the woods yet. So I’m doing a belated Poetry Tuesday on Wednesday.  I know that not doing it on Tuesday devastated a lot of people. Sorry.

The following poems were in my college Lit book. The first is by William Blake  (1757-1827),  and is entitled ” The Lamb”. It’s really cool when a master artist; poet, painter, or sculptor lends their talents to glorifying God.

The second has the birth of Christ as the main theme and is by Christina Rossetti  (1830-1894) and is entitled” A Christmas Carol”. The poem starts by talking about the bleakness of midwinter. which could be an analogy for  sin. Then the middle section is a worship to God. But my favorite is the last stanza:

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,

Give my heart.

The Lamb

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee,
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee.
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!

A Christmas Carol

1. In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

2. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

3. Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

4. Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air,
But only His mother1
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

5. What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.


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John Halgrim

Posted in The LORD with tags , , , on December 23, 2008 by mccoolio

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For those of you that really don’t read the daily newspaper much, this was in today’s paper. Usually there’s not that much good news, especially in the news section. But this was so good I think they had to put it in there.

Here’s the story in short: John Halgrim at age 15  got cancer. He went to church but wasn’t that committed. But having cancer seemed to open his eyes.  “I learned I needed to change my life”, he wrote in the journal he started keeping.” I learned I needed to live my life through God’s eyes and not my own.”

John decided that when the Make -a -Wish foundation wanted to help him do what they do: help dying kids do something they’ve always wanted to do, meet their favorite athlete, go to Disney world, etc., that he wanted something a little different.  Maybe it was the mission videos he’d seen at his church or maybe it was the TV show about parent less African children being forced into slavery and dying of hunger but John decided that he wanted them to help him build an orphanage in Africa. That was his wish.  Here’s the whole story:

http://www.miamiherald.com/772/story/821797.html

Here’s his site:

http://www.johnhalgrimorphanage.com

Overflowing with Joy (Surprised by Joy)

Posted in The LORD with tags , , on December 4, 2008 by mccoolio

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I was reading in the Word the other day in Romans that as  a christian I should be overflowing with joy. When I read it, it was like I’d never seen that before. Just thinking about it made me overflow with joy!! I mean I was pumped, and fired up, just thinking about the fact that our God really wants us to be like that, to be happy, really happy. Not what the world thinks, that we’re all about taking all the fun out of life, because we don’t do a few things that they think makes a person happy, like having sex with everybody, getting drunk and wasted and such, and partying like it’s 1999.

But then practice stopped and the game started. About 2 hours after my ecstatic experience, Kellye and I had a little misunderstanding. Immediately all my big reservoir of joy was suddenly empty, bone dry, and I was filled to overflowing with anger, grouchiness, and sullenness. Wow. How could I have lost my joy THAT QUICK!?

But after a lot of thought, I’ve decided (tell me what you think) at least 3 things: 1) It’s kind of like the guys in the X games that soar way up in the air turning flips, doing handstands, and actually letting go of their motorcycles while in the air. I bet it took many years of doing this, starting on little bitty jumps, just a few feet in the air  before they got to where they are doing it on ESPN, way, way up in the air. I think this overflowing with joy thing is going to take a whole lot of practice. 2) Our adversary and enemy definitely does not want us to live this way and we can count on him continuously throwing custom-made deterrents to our development and enjoyment of this joy that comes from God. Check out Galatians for the fruits of the Spirit. 3) We should get angry at a lot of things like mistreatment and abuse of others and ourselves, suffering, things like that. But I think probably about 90 % of the things I get mad at, I shouldn’t. That also goes for about 90% of the things that make me grouchy, vengeful, and hateful. You know, things like: not getting enough sleep, low blood sugar, somebody being annoying, etc, etc. 4) That being said, we have to deal with all sorts of situations and people. Sometime we have to be tough, have tough love for people, get fired up, tell people like it is, things like that. How do we deal with all these things successfully and still have this joy?

Donnie

Note-Surprised by Joy is the auto-biography of CS Lewis.

Balance

Posted in The LORD with tags , , on November 18, 2008 by mccoolio

God is balanced: He is Love. He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him won’t die but have everlasting life.

Here though is the balance:

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men…..

Does this mean (it certainly strongly implies) that faithlessness, ungodliness, & unrighteousness makes Him VERY ANGRY?

The God who can easily hear 6 billion prayers at once, who created this magnificent, boundless, awesome universe, who created so many things that we may never understand, can and does balance an amazing, limitless love that never ends, with wrath, anger, hatred for sin, and separation from anything that isn’t righteous (not right) and good.

The good News? There’s an answer to this divine dilemma.     Jesusbalance-scales

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

So, team up with THAT guy.