AT HOME WITH GOD

A Place Called “Home”

1 Kings 8:22-30
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The One who fills the cosmos
lives in our own home.
The One whom the cosmos cannot contain,
eats with us at our tables,
drinks with us at our counters,
speaks to us
in our hearts and minds,
and sings with us in our songs.
WOW!!!

And who are we that this should be?
And who are we that God is at home with us?
And who ARE we, anyway?

We are the ones God calls “beloved,”
It may take eternity
for us to get used to the idea
that we are loved just as we are.
We are Loved because of how we are,
and God doesn’t just take us as we are,
God made us as we are,
and God is patient and will wait
for us to be at ease with God.
It seems, that while we may be uncomfortable
with thinking of ourselves as, “beloved” of God,
God is quite comfortable
with the notion of being Lover.

Wisdom Quest

And Then Wisdom

Wisdom Quest
1 Kings 3:4-14
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Wisdom, an attribute that comes,
not so much with age,
but with our learning to listen and apply.
We either learn to listen or we do not.
Many of us are so full of ourselves
and our needs that we are unable to hear.
Few of us seem to be able to actually take the time
to listen to the words of another.
Many of us think we are listening,
when, in reality, we are only hearing
our own passions and,
sadly, never seem to connect with the other.
Wisdom, is deep listening—
listening with our souls as well as our ears,
listening with our defenses down
and our empathy up
so as to hear another’s Truth when spoken.
Wisdom is the application of our hearing
to the whole of our lives
with understanding and prescience.
And it is wisdom that
sets some apart,
for once having wisdom
we also know Truth.

Love Like That

Just the Way to Be

Ephesians 4:25-5:2
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Love like that!
Many of us like to think we are Christians
and we move through life thinking that
we are of that body we call Christ.
Yet when it comes to it, are we really—
Christians in the full, true, sense?
This text tells us where we are in this regard.
Did you know that a half-truth is still a lie?
And because we all are of one body, a lie to you is a lie to me.
Hedging around the truth is a lie, nonetheless.
Do we always say what helps, and not what hurts?
Are we breaking God’s heart?
Profane talk here is not cursing, but talk that is
common, gossipy talk.
We are commissioned to build, not destroy;
to heal, not hurt;
to be angry, but not to hang on to it so it festers,
and becomes vicious and deadly;
and most importantly,
we are expected to love extravagantly, not cautiously,
squandering our love on all
regardless of any gain on our part,
or our perceived worthiness of others.
So, do we love like that?
Do we dare say we follow Jesus,
and are children of the Living God? Do we dare?
Well, we dare to try, and we attempt to become,
don’t we—love like that?

SPEAK THE STORM CALM

© Hilary F. Marckx, BMI, all rights reserved

An Icy Coat of Fear

I WISH THERE WERE SOME WAY THAT WE COULD BE,
SOME WAY WE COULD EACH HEAR ONE ANOTHER’S GRIEF.
I TRY TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PAIN I FEEL,
ALL YOU CAN HEAR IS ALL THE FEAR YOU FIND SO REAL.
YOU TRY TO TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT,
ALL I CAN HEAR IS THAT YOU WANT TO FIGHT.

AND THE LOVE WE NEED TO RECONCILE US
IS COVERED IN AN ICY COAT OF FEAR
AND THE PEACE WE NEED SO MUCH BETWEEN US
IS A PEACE WE DO NOT SEEM TO SHARE.

IF I LOOKED ACROSS AT YOU AND YOU AT ME,
IF WE COULD ENGAGE OUR EYES WHAT WOULD WE SEE?
LIKE A STORM ACROSS THE PLAINS, BLOWING DUST SO HIGH,
THERE’S A STORM DEEP IN OUR HEARTS THAT BLOWS ACROSS OUR EYES.
IF YOU COULD JUST SEE WHO I AM AND I COULD JUST SEE YOU,
WOULD WE RIDE THE STORM OUT, AND WOULD WE FIND THE CALM?

AND MAY THE PEACE WE NEED TO RECONCILE US
MAKE A WAY FOR LOVE DEEP IN OUR HEARTS.
AND MAY IT CALM THE STORMY WINDS THAT BLOW
AND MAY WE FIND THE WORDS WE NEED FOR PEACE.

I wrote this song in the middle nineties for a situation that arose in a church in which I was helping a friend by substituting for six weeks.  In thinking about the lyrics along with the current divisions in our nation, our churches, and our social and economic structures, I am thinking that they fit our own time as well.  Peace!  Hilary

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