Beacon Of Hope

He is a beacon of hope
For the storms of life
A light in the pitch black
Darkness of night

He is the outstretched hand
Of the closest friend
As the waters rise over your head
And then…

You finally realize
He offers Saving Grace
And you responded too often
With a slap in His face

Yet His arms are still extended
Lifting your head above
The treacherous water
So, you take hold of

His hand and He pulls you
To safe, dry, land
But you’re exhausted now
And can hardly stand

To look at the hands
That rescued you
Scarred by the nails
Driven in by me and you

And others like us
Who’ve had no regard
For the life He lived
That was way too hard

For reprehensible man
To replicate
For deplorable woman
To emulate

But He is The Good Shepherd
We are his to throw away…or keep
He said, “For my Father has given them to me
And I lay down my life for the sheep”

He said, “My sheep they know me and
They hear my voice”
But he gave everyone free will
Yes, He gave us all a choice

And all He ever demanded
Was that we love as He did
For the greatest love ever shown
Laid down His life for His friends

Yes, He is a beacon of hope
For every circumstance in life
He is the light in the pitch black
Darkness of night

So, in your final hours
On who’s light will you depend?
My Beacon of Hope is Jesus
He is my light, my life, my friend

True Friends

Today’s post entitled,”True Friends” was inspired by the Sermon Notes on “Thinking Through Your Friendships” by Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA., along with my own scripture reading from the Book of John, Chapters 14 through 16 (NIV).

Sharing trials
Bearing each other’s burden’s
True friends stay close
In times of trouble

Sharing their heart in both
Joy and Sorrow
True friends are always
There on the double

We need true friends we can trust
NOT to share a confidence
Don’t associate with those
Given to change

The counsel of a true friend
Is one you can trust
Because they are
NOT unsettled in their ways

But don’t be a companion
Of the “self-indulgent”
They are only interested in
Satisfying themselves

And don’t keep company
With immoral people
Who might lure you
Into sin yourself

True friendships require transparency
Letting the other person know
Just exactly
“who you really are”

If we try to cover up
And always appear perfect
We limit the relationship
…By Far

Friends admit when they’re wrong
They carry out their commitments
Seeking forgiveness, not excuses
For their behavior

Be thankful, be thoughtful
Be tolerant of flaws
Freely grant forgiveness
As did your Savior

God designed us to live in relationships
And…true friends
Are a very important part
Of His plan

But don’t associate with anyone
Who says “there is no God”
For that is the ultimate
Fall of any man

Spend time together
Talk to each other
Laugh and cry together
If you must

But selfishness, manipulation
Jealousy and covetousness
Will destroy any true friendship
Of trust

And remember, our God
Has given His chosen… good counsel
From The Holy Spirit
That lives within (John 14:15 NIV)

The Counselor, The Spirit of Truth (John 14:17 NIV)
Whom The Father sent in His name
Will teach us all things (John 14:26 NIV)
And be “Our True Friend”

But the world cannot accept Him
Because it does NOT know Him (John 14:17 NIV)
But He lives with YOU and ME
Inside our hearts

Yes, Jesus is IN the Father (John 14:20 NIV)
And “We” are IN Jesus
He loves us and we will

“As The Father has loved me
So have I loved You
Remain in my love”
Jesus said… (John 15:9 NIV)

“And love each other
As I have loved you”… (John 15:12 NIV)
With the love that
Laid down His life for His friends (John 15:13 NIV)

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
Every day is a gift from God
Ending the day in anger and resentment
Brings the morning sun up in a fog

Valleys can lead to much higher mountains
But a critical spirit…keeps everyone down
Sometimes it is best to sleep on your response
Before ever uttering a sound

And some comments are not worthy of a response
Often said just to “pull your string”
You can end a quarrel…stop it dead in its tracks

So don’t let the sun go down on your anger
Don’t bring the morning sun up in a fog
Accept the treasure of the morning sun
It is a beautiful gift from God

Don’t wake up with leftover anger and strife
Each day is the beginning of the rest of your life
You can create a new day filled with grace and peace
Where His perfect love (through “YOU”) is released