Still waters

Time to stop

Be still and rest

The thoughts inside my head

Outnumber the hairs upon it

This constant movement

Kaleidoscope into a maze

Until I scream out 

Enough

Push pause on this flood

Dam the walls

Till the madness gives way

To Your gentle stream

First a trickle

Then slowly rising 

Till its in full flood

Washing me away

Where Your peace

Surpassing all understanding

Settles my head

Next to my heart

Placing a guard over them

Assuring

Comforting

Quietening my restless soul 

  

Just a glance

When I’m brought low

Drawn to the end

You always come through

You never fail

I’m never taken beyond

What I can endure

You draw me

Toward the bigger picture

Little by little

Step by step

You open my eyes

When I can hardly see

To see the light of Your face

Shining on me 

With such a glimmer

Just one glance

It’s enough

To carry me through

Beholding You

Behind those eyes

I see endless compassion

They melt the hardest heart

Soften the cruelest blow

They look far off

Into the eternal blue

Yet they see me now

Close up

That’s where You want me

Close up

Next to You

Beholding You

Becoming like You

Captive

Captivity is held captive

To Him who triumphed victoriously

Darkness flees at the sight of His glory

Our overcoming Prince of Peace

Reigns King of Kings

Jesus Christ

Majestic

Awesome in power

Defeated now risen

Conquered now conquerer

Bringing darkness and death

And all those who stand in it

To their knees

Bowed low before His cross

While all who call on His name

Are lifted high toward His throne

Captive for all eternity

Ever close to Thee

You placed Jesus before me

So nothing could stand in our way

Blotted out my sin

Wrote my name

In Your book of life

Undeserving

Guilty and ashamed

You received me

Called me by name

Oh the wonder of Your love

That saved a wretch like me

Oh the wonder of Your grace 

That helped me bow my knee

Forever in Your debt

Your love has set me free

Jesus my redeemer

You’ve moved me

Like no other can

Jesus my redeemer

You’ve moved me

Ever close to thee

God how good You are

God in love

You prevented Yourself 

From wiping me out

Your perfect justice

Would have blotted me out

But Your mercy and grace kissed

Making a way through the cross

Jesus’ perfect sacrifice

Satisfied Your perfect justice

Rescuing me 

From my sinful fallen state

Healing my broken heart

How loving and kind You are

Such kindness led me to repentance

Where I have tasted and seen

God how good You are   

Songs of dusk

A maddening cacophony of Indian minas

Perched on Ashoka branches above

Their loud cries dancing in the dusk

Calling us to their party

Till the sun fades away

Then as night falls

Hushed and silent they wait

For the rising of dawn and a brand new day

Paris

She bleeds

Red white and blue

I love you

She bleeds

Taken by a bullet

In a cold steel night

We’re left holding

A flickering candle light

She bleeds

Cold and pale

Her breath snuffed out

We’re left standing on the roadside

With flowers piled high

She bleeds

From dark demons of war that rage

They’re no respecter of race or gender

Nor any age

She bleeds 

From the terror of night

We will not forget

Her terrifying plight

She bleeds

Her blood cries out

We will not forget

We will stand and fight

Falling to our knees

We ask that mercy and grace

Be poured out

She bleeds

We’ll not join in with those seeds of hate

We’ll trust in God

Who knows all men’s fate

With Divine retribution

He will repay

She bleeds

He remembers

Every last drop

She bleeds

As a reminder

That one day

This will all finally stop