Mercy Running

November 30, 2011

In my brokenness I came
To my Father’s house for help
He ran to meet me with love
A ring and a robe
 
I thought I knew him
My perception was all wrong
The lens through which I saw him
Were convoluted
 
Help me see the Father’s heart
The joy and love He gave me
In my brokenness and shame
Mercy came running
 
I awaken to a joy
My mind has been trained to see
My heart accepts it as true
I practice belief
 
My feelings deny
The impossibility
Of this kind of compassion
But my heart is drawn
When I study the story
I am captured by his love
 
Through the years I know
I have found no other place
In quiet he arrives
With gentleness and comfort
With peace and a certain hope
 
I’ve no right to judge
Each person has a story
Our Father knows it
He gave us all of his love
Through the life of Jesus Christ
 
This message I love
He found me when desperate
Alone and afraid
With no one to understand
A boy broken and wounded
 
Through the years I have practiced
I’ve taken him at his word
Through failure after failure
Renewed with courage
 
I have found I can arise
Be renewed each day I live
Command the joy of his love
Because it is the truth
 
© Terry S. Smith
November 20, 2011
 
Meditations from Dr. Luke’s story of the broken boy who came home, surprised by joy.  Luke 15 
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Thanksgiving

November 25, 2011

 

He was all alone

With no friends to talk to him

A man came to eat

Share his hospitality

To affirm his worth to God

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He was all alone

Rejected by all his peers

Seen as an outcast

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He was all alone

Searching for someone to care

To really see him

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He was all alone

Unnoticed by his neighbors

Someone knew his name

This moment tells the story

Love in the ordinary

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It was a thanksgiving day

A day Zacchaeus was seen

Affirmed as a man of worth

Loved just like he was

© Terry S. Smith

Thanksgiving 2011 

This poem is based on the historical realities of the life of a tax collector living in a Jewish community.  Tax collectors were viewed as “the enemy”.  To read more about Zacchaeus’ story click here. 

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Awake with Awareness

November 20, 2011

I don’t want to change the world
I want to be changed by You
The darkness in me is great
Your light exposes

When I see Your face
And I know that You see mine
Your love cuts through me
My shame and guilt are removed
I’m overwhelmed by Your love

As long as I’m in the flesh
I awake with awareness
My humanity can rule
If I allow it

I have a choice to be loved
To accept his forgiveness
To face the truth about me
The truth about God

I am changed by His story
His teachings have saved my life
I want to know Your love more
Live by Your Spirit

Looking back I see failure
My ignorance grieves my soul
To begin each day with love
Is my only hope

I will look forward
Eyes fixed on the Beloved
Hungry to know Him better
Eager to obey
The one who loves without end
My friend, my Savior, my Lord

I come this morning
Purify my heart, dear Lord
Open my eyes to see You
I cannot fathom
How near and dear Your love is 

© Terry Smith
November 4, 2011
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