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Let there be Light

In the book, Velvet Elvis, Repainting the Christian Faith, the author, Rob Bell has this to say about light – “Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.”

Darkness only occurs in a shadow, shadows are caused by light. Light therefore must be the absence of darkness. Pure and simple logic really.

The concept of “light” appears numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments. God created light (Genesis 1:3 ). However, a careful reading of the Scriptures reveals that the physical entity that we call “light” is actually only the second form of light in the universe, since everywhere the Bible declares that God Himself is light.

Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light.” In Psalm 104:2 , the psalmist testified of the Lord who “covered himself” in light.

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In John 8:12 Jesus, said, “I am the light of the world.” Such expressions make at least two things abundantly clear. First, the origin of light rests with God. Second, in some sense God Himself is the very essence of light.

We need to let the light into our lives. Light is life and healing. Everything has cracks, Everything is made to let the light in.

There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen

There is an old Maori proverb that says if you turn your face towards the sun your shadows will fall far behind you. One of the meanings of this proverb is you always have a choice to focus on the light or on your own shadows. Light is life. Choose it.

This week, may you let the light come in and begin healing in your heart. May you recognize that the cracks don’t need papering over. May your words be words of light. The cracks exist to let light in and then let light out. What will you do with this light?

 

Words of Light

I write words
To create a spacious place
Where the gift of rest
Becomes the presence
Where words begin to dance

Some write words
Of light to drive out dark
Of love to drive out hate
Yet these words do not dance
For there is no music

Your words are
A lamp to our feet
A light to our path
Music for the dance

You write the words
In your book of life
Our names of light and love
Hold sway eternally
Waiting patiently for us

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Words to Live By

It’s a brand new year full of possibility, hope, and opportunity. I was listening to a podcast from John Eldredge earlier in the week on an alternate to making New Year’s resolutions. Let’s face it these resolutions never really last as either they are too ambitious or not ambitious enough. John’s approach is to ask God for the theme of the year. Here’s the link (click on the image below) to the podcast if you’re curious to find out some more:

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Asking God for a theme or some words for the year doesn’t need to be a super spiritual exercise, it’s simply a question, the answer may be immediate or come later, but when it does come it helps to write in somewhere and then reflect during the year how these words have shaped your year.

It’s a dance, it’s a balance, holding on and letting go
– Every Road by Amy Grant

In addition to asking for your theme how about asking yourself some intentional questions about what you want to grab hold of and maybe let go of this year. Again, writing these answers or goals down helps, if fact it’s essential.

  • What is a destination I would like to visit?
  • What is something new I would like to try?
  • What do I want to spend more time doing?
  • What is a habit I am going to break?
  • What do I want to do/be better at?
  • What would I like to work harder at?
  • What is a skill I’d like to learn or improve upon?

A New Year affords the potential for us to grow and become more our true selves. May the beginning of this year fill you with possibility, hope, and opportunity. May you return to the theme or words that God gives you during the year and use these as markers along the road you travel. May you remember that every road you travel leads you to and back to the one who directs your path. Here’s my words for 2015:

Words to Live By

Space surrounds
As light includes
Not darkness nor
Warm decrepitude

Peace expands
When stillness comes
War surrenders
As the day is undone

Sacred space
Fills the heart
Where light and peace
Each have their part

Sacred time
Breathes the soul
Where peace and space
Are holy whole

 

 

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Words

These may just seem,
Like words on a page.
Ink firmly pressed down,
Yet flowing like my life.

This may just seem,
Like an ordinary poem.
With not much to say,
Yet it begins and ends with words.

Words cut deep,
Like a knife through melting butter.
Words spread far too thin,
Like not quite enough lemon icing on a cake.

My words are carefully crafted and contained
Like a potter creating a fine porcelain vase.
Yet in a moment, they can shatter, into a thousand letters,
On the cold hard stone floor of your indifference.

My words, describe my life.
My journey, on the road of faith.
Tread carefully on my words,
For you are also walking on my dreams.

Your words,
Describe your response.
Your reflection, brings life,
To my dreams.

Some say my words are profound,
But still they hide in this poem.
Because you did not read them,
Like you said you would.

I hope this poem escapes,
Gets set free and travels.
For it contains words, that we can all speak.
And commas, where we can take breath.

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Love Letter

When I was young
I learnt to write,
By joining my letters
From left to right.

As I joined them
With my thick black pen,
My stories took shape
Of mice and men.

Now I am older
I choose my words,
They fall on this page
As I rhyme this verse.

I use some words
And throw out a lot,
Shall I use this one?
Well – maybe not.

Who holds my pen
And guides my hand?
Do I need to seek first
To understand?

That I am but a small pen
In the hand of God above
Who needs to write to this world
His letter of love.

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Your Haiku

Sometimes it seems that
The mountain is just too high
Far too high to climb

Sometimes it feels that
The road is just far too long
Too long to travel

Sometimes I wonder
Can I get through one more day
With my own chutzpah

Then I turn to you
And I know who carries me
Gives strength to my frame

For you cut my words
And prune my winter right back
So my fruits are yours

For I can do all
Things through Christ who gives me strength
My haiku is yours

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Only Words

These may just seem,
Like words on a page.
Ink firmly pressed down,
Yet flowing like my life.

This may just seem,
Like an ordinary poem.
With not much to say,
Yet it begins and ends with words.

Words cut deep,
Like a knife through melting butter.
Words spread far too thin,
Like not quite enough lemon icing on a cake.

My words are carefully crafted and contained
Like a potter creating a fine porcelain vase.
Yet in a moment, they can shatter, into a thousand letters,
On the cold hard stone floor of your indifference.

My words, describe my life.
My journey, on the road of faith.
Tread carefully on my words,
For you are also walking on my dreams.

Your words,
Describe your response.
Your reflection, brings life,
To my dreams.

Some say my words are profound,
But still they hide in this poem.
Because you did not read them,
Like you said you would.

I hope this poem escapes,
 Gets set free and travels.
For it contains words, that we can all speak.
And commas, where we can take breath.

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