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The Two Spectators

He sat there
The blind beggar
Behind the crowd
Begging for alms
He heard someone say Jesus was coming
He heard that Jesus opened blinded eyes
Could He do it for me?
Said Bartimaeus
He started to cry out
Jesus, thou Son of David
Have mercy on me
The crowd tried to quiet him
But Jesus came closer
Bartimaeus cried louder
Louder than the crowd
Jesus heard him and stopped
Called him forward
The crowd helped him up
Pushed him toward Jesus
Jesus asked what he wanted
He asked for his sight
And his wish was granted
His eyes were opened
He praised God
And followed Jesus

He lay there
Dead and buried
Grave clothes encased him
He’d been sick for days
They sent for Jesus, his friend
But Jesus did not come
It seemed he didn’t car
Lazarus knew Jesus could heal him
If He had only come
Now it was too late
Now He was dead
Jesus came after the funeral
Mary and Martha asked Him where He was
If he had only come
Jesus wept in sorrow
His friend was dead
But Jesus knew this was not unto death
He said role the stone away
He cried Lazarus come forth
And he did
Still wrapped in those grave clothes
Jesus said unwrap him
They unwrapped him
He was alive
And he followed Jesus

The crowd gathered in the city
Singing Hosannah
Waving palm branches
Throwing their cloaks before Him
As Jesus entered the city
Meek and lowly
Riding on a donkey
They thronged Him
Lazarus was there
Bartimaeus was there
Hailing Him
Thanking Him
For His touch
For His healing
The Pharisees mocked Him
Tried to put Him to shame
He told them the rocks would praise Him if the people did not
They plotted to kill Him
They would not let Him steal their crowd
He overturned the money changers tables
They were thieves
In His house of worship
The scribes sought to kill Him
That was their money
Lazarus and Bartimaeus watched
Thrilled with anticipation

He taught the crowd
He told them stories
Parables about life
About the last days
About 10 virgins
About a prodigal son
About a good Samaritan
They heard Him rebuke the scribes and Pharisees
They heard Him say he would come in glory
Lazarus and Bartimaeus were excited
Then they heard He had been taken in the night
The blessed night of the Passover
They heard He had been betrayed
He had been denied by His disciples
He had been condemned to die
They gathered with the crowd
The same crowd that cheered Him 4 days before
The temple leaders told them they must deny Him
Or be thrown from the temple
The crowd cried crucify Him
Crucify Him
Give us Barabbas instead
Lazarus and Bartimaeus were in disbelief
They whipped Him
Beat Him
Spit in Him
Mocked Him
Put a crown of thorns on His head
Out His cross on His back
Made Him carry it down the via Delarosa
All the way to Golgotha
Lazarus and Bartimaeus watched as he fell under the weight
A man named Simon helped Him
The laid Him in the cross
Nailed His hands and feet
Raised up that cross
Bartimaeus thought “He restored my sight to see this?”
Lazarus thought “He brought me back to life to see Him die?”
They were heart-broken
Yet they followed Him

The skies darkened at mid-day
He let out a cry
“Father forgive them. They know not what they do.”
Then “It is finished”
He hung His head
And He died
Lazarus and Bartimaeus stood side by side
They wept
They saw Joseph take the body
They followed to the garden
They wept
And wept
They did not understand
Why give me my sight to see this?
Why raise me up from the dead to see this?
They went back to the city and stayed there
They did not want to leave
They had no reason to leave

Then the sabbath day passed
They heard someone cry
He’s alive 
Jesus is alive
They ran to the tomb
Saw the stone rolled away
Jumping and shouting and praising God
They rejoiced
Bartimaeus could see the empty tomb!
Lazarus knew what it was to raise from the dead
They knew
Beyond a shadow of a doubt
Jesus was alive
Alive forevermore
Alive for all to see
Alive for all to gain life!

Grace & Mercy

Mercy Comes Softly

Mercy comes softly 
like a gentle rain in spring 
slowly shaping into our life 
To replenish us 
restore us 
renew us 
revive us

Mercy comes softly 
like a quiet breeze in the fall
bringing cool sensations of 
peace in my heart 
my soul 
my mind 
my spirit

Mercy comes softly
like a bubbling steam
flowing down the mountainside into a larger river 
filling it with
fresh life 
fresh nutrition 
fresh energy
fresh strength

Mercy comes softly
like a fluffy snow on a windless day
covering the earth all around us
cleaning all it falls upon
making it look fresh

Mercy some softly into our lives
Every minute of every day
Never leaving us helpless and alone
Guiding us
Shaping us
Protecting us
Providing for us

Don’t miss it
Treasure it
Recognize it when it comes
Give thanks to God
Lift up His name
He will lift you up and out
Of any trial
Any test
Any temptation
Because in the blink of an eye
When you list expect it
But most need it
His mercy will come

It’ A Wonderful Life

I have been restored
  like an old jalopy
    dusted off
      polished up
        engine rebuilt
         all original parts
           running smoothly
            a classic, priceless

I have been redeemed
    like a magazine coupon
     clipped out
       set apart
         brought out of the dark at just the right time
	 given to the one who gives worth to it
              at no cost of my own
                freely given

I have been delivered
   like a letter in the mailbox
     from one place to another
       from my old place to a new place
         a place where I am free
           free from the shackles of my old life
	  brought into a new life
	   a new creation

I have been sanctified
  set apart
    no longer the same
      cleaned up
       made righteous
         filled with the Holy Spirit
          filled with fruit and gifts
           like a horn of plenty on Thanksgiving
	  I have all I need

I am a new creature in Christ
  The old man is gone
    The new man lives by His grace
      He guides me
       He ha a plan for me
        He heals me
         redeems me
           restores me
            delivers me 
             and sanctifies me
 	    I am His
                He has mine

It’s a wonderful life!

It Was All For You

It was all for you
When He came to this earth 
As a babe on a manger

It was all for you
When He taught of God's love
And His marvelous kingdom

It was all for you.
When he healed the sick
And caused the lame to walk

It was all for you
When He bestowed His peace
And His joy ran free

It was all for you
When he raised the dead
And opened blinded eyes

It was all for you
When He was beaten and mocked
And He carried that cross

It was all for you
The nails in His Hands
The thorns on His brow
The spear in His side
They were all for you
When he gave up the ghost
And died on the cross

It was all for you
He didn't come for Himself
To be honored and praised
He didn't come just to be
A worldly King
He came for you and me
He didn't seek to be honored
And praised among men
But to die a horrible death
He didn't die as the world would think He did
But He gave up His life for you.

He Lights Our Path

Rainfall, incessant since daybreak
Gently soaking into the ground
Giving life to all that lives
Much like God's word - the water of life
The living water that springs from within
Incessant, ever flowing
Drawing us closer to Him
The wind, howling wildly
Starting when it wants, where it wants
Ending without a trace
I never know when it is coming,
Or where it is going.
So is the Holy Spirit
Blowing through my life
Encouraging me, guiding me
Showing me His will, His life
Drawing me loser to Him
The sun, giving light to all
Warming us with its radiance
Helping us to see what s around us
Giving life to all it touches
So is the Son, Jesus Christ
He gives life to all he touches
He helps us to see what is inside us
He lights our path
Drawing us closer to Him
All the world glorifies the Father
The heavens declare the Son
All of nature testifies of Him
All of His creation praises His wonderful name
Let us rejoice and be glad in Him!

Every Moment

 Making time
 Losing time
 Forgetting the time
 We all have the same amount
 Ever minute, every day, every year
 It's not a matter of how much time
 But how we use the time
 It is a gift to us
 A precious gift
 From God
 Do I squander it?
 Do I plan it?
 Do I ignore it?
 Do I watch it?
 Do I use it to the fullest,
 Or squander it away?
 God's gifts are meant to be cherished
 Every moment should be cherished
 Every moment accounted for
 Every moment be made special
 Every moment given back to Him.
 I will lift my praise every moment
 I will lift my prayers every moment
 I will lift His name every moment
 I will honor Him every moment
 How will you use your time today?

Darkness Can Not Stay

 I saw the Light.
 It shone in my heart,
 And darkness fled before it.
 Where the Light shines in my life
 Darkness cannot stay.
 Oh, Lord
 Help me open all the doors in my life to your Light.
 Help me allow all my darkness to be purged
 By your glorious Light.
 The Light of your word will heal
 The Light of your word will deliver me
 The Light of your word will set me free
 The Light of your word will bring me peace
 The Light of your word will bring me Joy
 The Light of your word will help me love my neighbor as myself
 The Light of your word brings me life abundantly
 Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
 So that I may see your glorious Light.
 So darkness will be removed from my life
 And I will walk with you every moment of everyday.

Fog to Glory

 The outlook is bleak
 A cloud descended from above
 Shrouding the earth with a blanket
 Dense moisture shrouds all that I can’t see
 Thick fog
 Zero visibility when driving fog
 Pea soup indeed
 I can’t see the tops of trees
 Or the house down the street
 Or the dog barking in the distance
 Only fog
 Bleak and dreary
 As if a sadness covered the earth
 Direction is lost
 Where I am is a mystery as I drive
 Danger lurks closely
 I must stay aware
 And awake
 But then the cloud lifts
 As if a hand had picked it up
 It dissipates into nothing
 Blue sky is all around
 Either the cloud has just vanished
 Or it sunk into the ground
 What is left behind is breathtaking
 The misty fog left it’s mark
 Trees covered with frost abound
 Glistening in the bright blue sky
 Glorious and beautiful they rise
 Majestic and full of wonder
 Wonder at how such a gloomy day’
 Could turn so beautiful
 So quickly
 I stop to ponder
 Take a picture
 And marvel at the glory of God
 This is our life
 One minute it can be gloomy
 Full of lost hope
 Of fading desires
 Of things gone wrong
 Of turns made reluctantly
 Of dreams dashed
 Then God lifts the burden
 He casts His Holy Spirit upon us
 And we shine
 We shine by reflecting the glory of the Son
 His splendor makes us beautiful again
 ‘His mercy restores our hope
 His grace removes our faults
 Once again, the day seems bright
 Once again all is right
 I am renewed
 He has made me shine!

The Gift of Jesus

 He came for me
 On that dark and cloudless night
 So long ago
 He came for me
 Shepherds came when angels called
 They worshipped Him
 What a gift, what a precious gift
 More than silver, more than gold
 More than all the wealth foretold
 More than power, more than fame
 More than any other name
 The gift of Jesus
 He came for me
 Left His royal throne in heaven
 To sleep in hay
 He came for me
 The Son of God became a baby
 To set me free
 What a gift, what a precious gift
 More than silver, more than gold
 More than all the wealth foretold
 More than power, more than fame
 More than any other name
 The gift of Jesus
 The name that saves me
 The name that heals me
 The name that sets me free
 The name that delivers me
 The name that rescues me
 The name that provides for me
 The name above all names
 The name of Jesus
 What a gift, what a precious gift
 More than silver, more than gold
 More than all the wealth foretold
 More than power, more than fame
 More than any other name
 The gift of Jesus 

Come to the Star

 I couldn’t believe my eyes.
 There it was,
 shining so brightly in the Eastern sky.
 A radiant star,
 one never seen before.
 Brighter than the greatest star,
 brighter almost than the moon,
 high in the sky.
 I knew it was a sign.
 A sign of the coming King.
 A sing of a great leader.
 A sign we had looked for since time began.
 I had to go.
 Go to that star,
 go to where it pointed
 because I knew the ancient texts.
 They said a Messiah would come to save His people.
 And not just his people,
 but all people
 all races, kindred and tribe.
 The ancient text said he would be a wonderful counselor,
 a mighty God,
 an everlasting Father,
 a prince of peace.
 They said the increase of his government and peace would have no end.
 I had to see this child.
 this wondrous child,
 this destined child.
 I could not go without a gift,
 A gift worthy of a king.
 Gold would be my gift to the child
 I sent word two of my allies.
 When word came back,
 They also had seen the star.
 They also knew it’s meaning.
 They also would make the trip.
 One reminded me that he would be a priest to his people
 A priest like no other.
 A priest who would wash away their sin.
 A priest who would make their stony hearts flesh.
 He was brining frankincense
 In remembrance of the anointing oil for priests.
 The other remembered that he would die,
 He would die a horrible death,
 The death of the Roman cross.
 He would be led like sheep to the slaughter
 He would be wounded for our transgressions,
 bruised for our iniquities,
 the chastisement of our peace would be upon him,
 and by his stripes we would be healed.
 That King brought myrrh,
 the anointing oil of death.
 The journey would be long and arduous,
 but we had to go see this child.
 We wondered to each other why others were not going with us?
 Why did they not see the star?
 Why did they not know the ancient text?
 Why did they not realize what was happening?
 We realized among ourselves that some refuse to see,
 they refuse to acknowledge a king has come.
 They do now want to be responsible to someone higher than themselves.
 They do not desire accountability to such a Messiah.
 Others are blinded to the meaning of the star.
 They need someone to tell them,
 to show them the way,
 to lead them to the star.
 How about you,
 the reader of our story here.
 Have you seen the star?
 Will you follow its course?
 Will you come to the Savior?
 Can I help you understand?
 Can I help you see?
 Do not wait,
 today is the day of salvation.
 Come to the star today,
 before it is too late