Carry Me Along Where I Belong

There is a place far away, so close, some say;
To there we fly, we know not where, high in the day
On wings of faith that sings hearts of gold, spirits bold,
To the kingdom within, without; hearing what we’ve been told

Sweet Selene, holy Sister Irene,
Lift me up and carry me along where I belong

What is this kingdom so enchanting, so illusive?
Surely not the same game played since sun first spun?
No, no, though he spoke under veil of parables ne’er conclusive,
Has not our trust been won ere since the first radiant paschal dawn?

Sweet Selene, holy Sister Irene,
Lift me up and carry me along where I belong

Soft rolling hills of green, ever so serene,
And twisting silver streams that beam golden rays
Of happier days;
Flowers bloom with sweet perfume,
With myriad bees busy ‘neath new-ancient trees,
And blue skies above, soft clouds and gentle rains
That wash away all our pains;
Peace herein there is, enough to bring thanksgiving to her knees

Sweet Selene, holy Sister Irene,
Lift me up and carry me along where I belong;
For there is a place far away, so close, some say,
And I’ll nestle rest in your bosom till the dawn of that day

Note: First published in July 2015 on noblethemes: An Exploration of my Soul


Amazing God: Sing Alleluia!

O God, how can I begin to praise You and thank You enough?
For all of the blessings You have so graciously bestowed?
How can I sing to You fervently enough, genuinely enough?
You have saved me, even a wretch like me, and I thank You!
You are God
You are Lord
You are King
You are Savior
You are Creator
You are Life-Giver
You are Light
You are Life
You are Love
You are Peace
You are Truth
You are Abba Father, beloved Son, and all-holy Spirit;
Ever one God, world without end. Alleluia! Alleluia!
You, O God, reign eternally and there is none beside You!
What wonder, then, that You have thought of me,
That You have bought me and brought me into Your fold!
Amazing love, indeed! How can it be? Yet it is! Alleluia!
I love You, precious Lord; I love You and sing Alleluia!

Crying Out for my Country

Great and most gracious God, our heavenly Father,

I praise You for Your greatness, majesty, and holiness; and I thank You for Your continual goodness to me and to those whom I hold so dear to my heart. Praise be to You in the highest heavens; praise be to You throughout the earth!

Praise be to You for Your mighty deeds; for Your love, mercy and grace! Indeed, let us sing and dance for You; let us make music and sing songs of praise to You for the whole world to hear! Let everything that breathes praise You, the Lord God of all!

Forgive me, most gracious Lord, for the sins that I have committed in thought, word and deed; both known and unknown. Especially forgive me for my negligence in prayer, praise and the study of Your holy Word. Wash me, cleanse me, and make me whole and holy in Your sight once again; by the power of Your all-holy, life-giving Spirit, in and through Jesus the Christ our Lord . . . my Lord and only Savior.

Abba Father,  I especially come before You now on behalf of my country — the place of my birth, which You have so abundantly blessed — in a spirit of repentance and pleading.  My Lord, oh Lord, we have turned away from You in so many ways, and continue to slide into darkness, decadence and death.  Have mercy upon us, O God; have mercy upon us!

Bless with special, powerful blessings, my brothers and sisters in Christ everywhere, but especially now here in this country. Fill each of us with Your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit . . . fill us to overflowing with Your divine, powerful presence that we might be salt and light, the Light of Christ piercing the darkness that surrounds us!

Breathe upon us and into us, Lord God of heaven and earth! Breathe upon our land; breathe upon our towns and cities and villas and throughout the countryside and coastal land! Rain down Your Spirit upon our land, bring our country to its knees in genuine repentance, and so lead us as a nation to You, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Make us mindful — that is, powerfully and passionately aware — that genuine freedom, liberty and justice come from You and from You alone; and in so doing, save us from the violence spreading across our land; save us from the discord and confusion sown in our country by the Adversary, whose purpose it is to kill, steal and destroy. Save us, also, from pride and arrogance and every insidious evil; rather, mold and shape us into an holy People.

And now I sing with the Psalmist, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Praise be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; ever one God, world without end. Amen and Amen.

Rejoice in You, Rejoicing in Me (Recast)

Rejoice in You, Lord, rejoicing in me;
I once was blind but now I see;
Once did mourn but now I sing
And dance in You in the joy You bring!

So now, take me, mold and shape me,
And make me Your own forever to be!

No life and no love but You alone
Did by Your blood my sins atone;
Amazed I wonder, ‘How can it be?’
And rejoice in You rejoicing in me!

So now, take me, mold and shape me,
And make me Your own forever to be!

You have given me the greater part,
And so I dance and sing in my heart;
My cup here ‘n now below overflows
As by Your Spirit day by day I grow!

So now, take me, mold and shape me,
And make me Your own forever to be!

Note: This is an expansion and recasting of a poem-song I wrote some years ago by the same title.

Simply ‘Thank You’

Because I all too often lack an attitude of gratitude, it is far past time to simply say ‘thank You’ to the Lord God:

Thank You for home and family,gratitude
For smiles and philanthropy;
Thank You for love tokens
And all kind words spoken;
Thank You for the light of day
And the moonlight at night;
Thank You for a galaxy of stars,
For cars and even the bizarre;
Thank You for grass and trees,
For the bass and honey bees;
Thank You for my dear children,
So near to my heart . . .
And such a pivotal part of me!
Thank You, Lord, most of all
For redemption after the Fall,
For without Your full salvation,
There’d be no real gratification;
So thank You and praise You!

Light: United We Stand … As the People of God

Note: In response to the ongoing riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as similar riots both recent and present (and to come.)

America! America! We wrestle not against flesh and blood
Yet red floods thru our streets from freshly wounded flesh;
Unseen principalities and powers of darkness tower above,
Pressing forward their nefarious agenda toward division,
Deconstruction and destruction as multitudes wail and rail
For anger more than cause, creating danger without pause
To reason with sense and sensibility, misusing their ability
To reason in an unsullied season of quietude, their attitude
Spawned dæmonically from hell, and the fateful bell tolls
Midnight in this once-free land where right is now wrong
And throngs of hate-filled persons take the bait of Lucifer;
People raise their fists and scream
Because they deem it necessary . . .
And dreams of liberty and justice are turned to nightmare;
Fear is the gear citizens wear as they tear at one another,
Consciences seared and no one hears the call of rationality
Much less peace, who has been beaten down ‘n eaten alive!
And the invisible wraiths thrive as they drive this insanity,
Heaping calamity upon calamity, all in sneering anonymity;
But the arm of God has not been shortened and no harm
Shall befall His kingdom as His people pray day after day,
So the strategy of the Enemy will not prevail
Because genuine praise and petitions avail . . .
God is calling people together in unity as one community,
To spread love and beauty in Truth as their divine duty,
And so the Adversary shall not claim victory
As the fame of the Christ spreads from heart to heart again!
This is the night, but the Light shines in the darkness
And the darkness has not and will not overcome!


Love, Hope and Peace

Rest me now in the bosom of love, hope and peace,
Then in time release me neath your Golden Fleece

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Psalm 36. 7 – 9

What is the world without love except indifference and ennui,
Forms of hate, the bait of Satan, the extremity of inhumanity!
Let love shine forth, then, and be consumed like finest wine;
Let people kneel at her shrine, an empty tomb filled with life!

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled in a tree of life.
Book of Proverbs 13. 12

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God . . . for though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.
Book of Wisdom 3. 1a, 4

The ability to hope is the greatest gift that God could make to man.
Carlo Carretto, from Summoned by Love

What is life without hope but mere persistence
In existence in an obscure, dead-end alleyway?
And how brightly can the day shine when brine
Is drunk on the dark shoreline of hopelessness?

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.
Psalms of David 4. 8

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Gospel of St. John 14. 27

This ole world cannot offer true peace, only capitulation and toleration;
Tribulation is more often the result of worldly negotiation, vain words
Spoken, promises made and then broken, all for the sake of lasting peace,
While they block the Prince of peace who stands and knocks at the door!

Rest me now in the bosom of love, hope and peace,
Then in time release me neath your Golden Fleece