Not Finished Yet

We confess you to be the creator of all things

But we also confess that
more often than not
we give you far too little credit for your handiwork
enamored as we are with our own creativity

But you created the earth and all that fills it
you created the sun and set its course
you set the seas in place and formed the land
you made every living creature, unique as they are
and you formed us from the good earth
and breathed your life into us
that we may dwell among your good creation

Forgive us for forgetting who you are
Forgive us for forgetting who we are
Forgive us for forgetting our rightful place within your creation

In our deep hope, we know that you are not finished yet
So keep creating, forming, setting, making, breathing
until your new creation is complete

Published in: on January 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

We Try

We try, and often fail
to grasp you with our words

We try, and often fail
to seek you with our lives

We try, and often fail
to find you among your people

We try…and we fail…too often

We know you to be no easy mark
with your standard of love
with your example of faithfulness
with your word of life
surrounded as we are by hate, infidelity and death

But we hope, despite our knowledge,
that you are not far off
because we know that our love, fidelity and life
stand no chance without you

Be here when we try
Be here when we fail
Just be here
and we will keep trying

Published in: on January 12, 2008 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

You Are Our Salvation

You are our salvation
only, sometimes,
we don’t know we need to be saved

Sure we know you ‘saved’ us
and we are grateful
But really, most of the time,
we seem to get along quite well without your help

Until…
we realize that all is not well
we realize that all hope is gone
we realize that you and your salvation
are nowhere to be found

Save us, oh God of our salvation!
Save us from ourselves
Save us from our pride
Save us from our idols
Save us from our concepts of you
Save us!

Oh God
you are our salvation
We wait and hope
knowing that you will come

We pray in the name of your salvation enfleshed

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Make Us Humble

Humility is a hard word for us
with all our accomplishments
with all our goals
with our false sense of superiority

We would certainly have others believe we are humble
so they can think more highly of us
thus even in our humility
we show ourselves to be too proud

There is no room for humility in our lives
filled as they are with other things

But then…
we read about the humility of Christ:
not usurping authority…emptying himself…
taking the form of a servant…humbling himself…
becoming obedient…unto death…even on a cross

We marvel at such humility
and we think of how we could use the power
that comes from being the son of God

Yet again, our pride is misplaced
and we miss the point of Christ’s example

Make us humble, God, whatever it takes
so that we may only be proud in you

We pray in the name of your humility enfleshed

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 3:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while…

I know you’ve been watching me
I’ve kept my eyes out for you too

I’m sorry for the long silence
but I needed some distance
Your presence was too much for me

I thought I needed to make things right
I thought I needed to work some things out
I thought I needed time and space

But as it turns out…all I needed was you

I need you

Thank you for waiting
Thank you for watching
Thank you for calling me back
as you always do

I am yours

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment