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There’s a place where He longs to lead us
A still place where we can just be
There is wisdom that He longs to show us
And we will rest there just Him and me
There’ll be no rush for us to leave
For time is not an issue as we speak
I will listen as He teaches
And will watch Him, strong yet meek
I will have a host of questions
But I will somehow be restrained
I want to know what He will teach me
What He will say, what He’ll explain
He knows my heart’s every longing
My every question before my words are formed
He knows exactly what I need to know
The ways I need to be reformed
I long to speak, yet need to keep my silence
I yearn to talk, but want to hear him more
A small still voice won’t break through all the chatter
But it’s that voice that I am eager for
And so I come in quiet and sit in patience
I’ll still my thoughts and chase away all noise
And I will wait beyond the storm and earthquake
And I will hear my God, yes I will hear His voice.
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We Cannot Be Static

We cannot be static
Yet we must stand firm
Movement is required
And stillness as well
Constantly changing
Changeless
We must never remain the same
Fluid
And at the same time solid
We must be more of a body
Far less of a building
It must be less about religion
And far more about relationship
Don’t make it about rules
About laws and “do nots”
It’s not about who’s in and who’s out
It’s so much more about love
About acceptance and grace
More about a God who is love
Than a church that is about judgement
It’s not about points of theology
As if out intellect were king
It’s about respect and mercy and… .
..and about acknowledging that we all fall short
Every one of us
We are all in the mire
We have all fallen in the gutter
It’s about knowing that all our futures are bleak
Bleak and dark
Without someone to rescue us
We have all fallen
Yet some are yet to be helped up
The standing have had their helping hand
The standing can’t laud it over the fallen
The standing have no right
No place to judge each other
The place of the standing is to stand in thankfulness
And in that thankfulness to help one another
To restore the fallen
And point all to Him who rescues
Together we are stronger
Together we are wiser
Together we have great power
Great power to make the difference
We have the power to change the world
We have the opportunity to change…
…to change from fighting each other
To fighting for justice
For peace
For life
We can make the difference that we long to see
We can be that difference
We can be the answer to our very prayers
To rise from the gutter and go out to the streets
To the poor
To the unloved
To the hurting
And to those still lying in the gutter
There is an army to muster
There is a battle to be fought
There is a war to be won
A victory to be had
A world to change
A difference to be made
We cannot be static…e Static

Rise Up

Rise up, rise up O bride of Christ
Purify yourself and put your armour on
Equip yourself for battle
Prepare yourself for action
The time will soon be upon us
The bridegroom is prepared
he day of The Lord awaits
Do not sleep, do not slumber
For the day is at hand
Ready yourself to fight
With confidence move onwards
The spoils are yours to be had
The victory is there to be won

Be Still

Sheltered, secure, surrounded, surrendered
Hidden in a place no-one can reach
Safe, still, silent, shadowed
Listening for the quietest of voices
Calling, calling and waiting to be heard
Be still, be still and know
Away from the normal and into the extraordinary
Slowing, stopping, stilling, staying
Making time for the wondrous
Making room for the remarkable
Be still, be still and know
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am your God

In Total Control

He set his course

His aim was true

Had had the choice

And he wanted to.

Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer.

He met them head on

The choice was his

he decided to die

We must decide to live!

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

The flames may have destroyed the building
But the Church remains
The structure may have fallen
But the founder has risen
The fire has consumed and devoured
But faith continues
The blaze has been extinguished
But the fire in our hearts burns bright
The smoke still rises
But the cross shines through
All may seem lost
But love holds strong
The beauty of the windows is no more
But His radiant light pours forth
His house lies in tatters
But God stands firm
Up from the ashes
The risen Christ is alive
Hallelujah!!

Hear His Voice

There’s a place where He longs to lead us
A still place where we can just be
There is wisdom that He longs to show us
And we will rest there just Him and me
 
There’ll be no rush for us to leave
For time is not an issue as we speak
I will listen as He teaches
And will watch Him, strong yet meek
 
I will have a host of questions
But I will somehow be restrained
I want to know what He will teach me
What He will say, what He’ll explain
 
He knows my heart’s every longing
My every question before my words are formed
He knows exactly what I need to know
The ways I need to be reformed
 
I long to speak, yet need to keep my silence
I yearn to talk, but want to hear him more
A small still voice won’t break through all the chatter
But it’s that voice that I am eager for
 
And so I come in quiet and sit in patience
I’ll still my thoughts and chase away all noise
And I will wait beyond the storm and earthquake
And I will hear my God, yes I will hear His voice.

Our Own Way

Does the blame lie with us?
Our news is full of dreadful stories.
Bombings Suicides Murders Fires
It is easy to point the finger at individuals
The unstable
The truly Evil
Extremists
Activists
But are we not all to blame
Have we pushed people away that much
Have we neglected the lonely and the desperate
Have we caused such ferocious anger in others
Has our greed and arrogance pushed people to this drastic action
We do not feed the poor
Yet we are surprised when they steal to feed their family
We have abundance yet half the world have but scraps
Can we really be shocked when they rise up against us
We neglect to care for those around us
Can we not understand when people crack and do horrific things
Have we abandoned all that is good
Exchanged it for a false reality of rights
Made our own rules by which we all fail to abide
We cry out and blame individuals
We cry out and blame God
Yet we have thrown God out and all His ways
We have forbidden Him in our schools and workplaces
We have taken His wisdom from our laws
We have made money, intellect and selfish desires our God And now, do we not reap the consequences?
Have our broken homes created broken lives
Have our fragmented communities led to desperation
Have our sinful desires been at the expense of others
Have our grey churches created sceptical onlookers
We have abandoned God
Has God honoured us and given us the desires of our heart
Has He left us to our own vices
Have we finally got it all our own way…

We Cannot Be Static

We cannot be static
Yet we must stand firm
Movement is required
And stillness as well
Constantly changing
Changeless
We must never remain the same
Fluid
And at the same time solid
We must be more of a body
Far less of a building
It must be less about religion
And far more about relationship
Don’t make it about rules
About laws and “do nots”
It’s not about who’s in and who’s out
It’s so much more about love
About acceptance and grace
More about a God who is love
Than a church that is about judgement
It’s not about points of theology
As if out intellect were king
It’s about respect and mercy and… .
..and about acknowledging that we all fall short
Every one of us
We are all in the mire
We have all fallen in the gutter
It’s about knowing that all our futures are bleak
Bleak and dark
Without someone to rescue us
We have all fallen
Yet some are yet to be helped up
The standing have had their helping hand
The standing can’t laud it over the fallen
The standing have no right
No place to judge each other
The place of the standing is to stand in thankfulness
And in that thankfulness to help one another
To restore the fallen
And point all to Him who rescues
Together we are stronger
Together we are wiser
Together we have great power
Great power to make the difference
We have the power to change the world
We have the opportunity to change…
…to change from fighting each other
To fighting for justice
For peace
For life
We can make the difference that we long to see
We can be that difference
We can be the answer to our very prayers
To rise from the gutter and go out to the streets
To the poor
To the unloved
To the hurting
And to those still lying in the gutter
There is an army to muster
There is a battle to be fought
There is a war to be won
A victory to be had
A world to change
A difference to be made
We cannot be static.

Grace

I realised I only heard one side of the story

A tale of a war with no hope and no glory

Of struggles and battles and shots in the dark

But there’s never a fire without a first spark

I’d judged them as guilty without a defence

Believing the spin of the allegėd offence

I’d placed the great noose over their head

Without hearing their version I’d pronounced them as dead

I never weighed up the evidence quite as I ought’a

Now things come to light blows my case outta the water

My unswerving belief is starting to crack

And I’m wanting to haul every thought and word back

I trusted the person and ignored the whole scene

I wasn’t as open as I should have been

I’m a little more wise now and a lot less naive

I’ve been covered with grace and have a reprieve.