the tomb is empty and all the emptiness inside is filled with light don’t have to run and hide i will rise because He lives the tomb is empty and all the sin inside all the tears i cried no matter what i tried only your life has resurrected mine the tomb is empty and all i’m hoping for this moment now and forevermore oh sing my soul i have a home that will never fade away oh sing my soul all will be new He is the way the truth the life the tomb is empty and all the shame inside is gone His love abides in my broken soul i am whole for He rose and the tomb is empty
dear child will you stay with me for a moment will you listen through my tears i am searching for words through the rubble of my life i need to help you see so that 20 years from this moment you will remember and weep and tell the story again dear child there is evil in this world it is plain to see all of history tells the same sad story but greater still than all we see is the darkness in you and me the darkness in you and me all the change i want this world to know all the healing that i want to see all that is broken deep inside of me oh God start with me dear child there are heroes in this world men and women brave and true facing evil charging running the fire of courage in their eyes greater than the fires all around and when walls and steel when glass and stone fell down down down it is now upon us all to remember our sons our daughters our mothers our fathers our sisters our brothers oh my God they are gone they were heroes on that day there are heroes in this world today dear child do not fear there is evil yes but greater still is the song of hope is the melody of light do you see this cross made from broken steel rising from the ashes hope rising from the pain do you see the Cross the Son of Man on a tree all the evil of the world all the darkness in you and me he bore on the tree He ran into the darkness the ground zero of our souls to set us free to mend our hearts to redeem dear child life is unimaginably beautiful delicate and fleeting so remember to sing songs about the heroes that are gone so remember the Cross still stands and calls to all giving faith giving hope giving love dear child remember tell the story remember the Cross
Enjoyed greeting the new day at Jones Beach with my dear dad.
the doctors said you were leaving i don’t see a world without you time stopped and crashed and just shattered no God please not you so many whispered ‘Our Father…’ pleading grace and mercy for you He heard all our cries every whisper a new story was written for you
undeserving and grateful we’re still here and i’m blessed to be loved by you every breath is a gift in every joy every sorrow each moment a fading song but we sing out loud into the unknown tomorrow time may fracture again so we whisper
our Father in heaven above may your name be first in our eyes may your kingdom thrive in our hearts and lives may your will be done in our love while we’re still here on earth as it is in heaven
Did you miss it this morning? It was such a beautiful start to the day. It’s OK if you did. Often in my life I miss the beauty all around me. Whether or not you and I see it, or acknowledge it, there is also beauty within. Everyone on this planet… everyone… is created in the image of Almighty God. If we truly understand this then we can define people properly. I don’t always live up to the image that I carry of my God. And many people around me don’t either. It doesn’t change how I define them… how I fundamentally understand, welcome, and accept them. This is what it means to love your fellow man… to be a good neighbor… to move into this world with light and grace.
We all have some learning to do.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
“I have come into the world as light…”
“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Merry Christmas! We are celebrating the coming of Grace, Truth and Light into the world and into our hearts. On a personal note, we are also celebrating the no cancer report for my dear wife. She had surgery Nov. 24, and while the recovery process has been difficult, we are so grateful. I will be updating the blog with images from that journey over the next few days. God bless you and yours!
My wife has been diagnosed with a clival chordoma, a rare cancer. She has surgery scheduled for Nov. 24. Thank you for your prayers.
we must tell the stories of this great land
the stories of our struggles and flaws
the stories of tragedy and suffering
of all that needs to be healed and restored
we must also tell the stories of valor and bravery
the stories of unimaginable courage
in the face of unspeakable evil
stories of men and women
our highest ideals
our best selves
men and women
who through their character
their love of country
and their other centered hearts
remind us that we must live for others
that we must reach beyond self
with gratitude for those who protect and serve
for those who rescue and heal
God shed His grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer strain
The banner of the free!