Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This Place of Grace...

 Inspired in part by today's devotion
  from this book

This place of grace where loaner loans
And wind moans blue through winter’s bones
And nothing but the love of God
For right and wrong this fight atones

This place of forecasts, often wrong
Of fumbling faith and off-key song
Of think-I-cans  and change of plans
And far too soon sudden 'so-long'

Where want and need are intertwined
Like bloom and seed or heart and mind
And we are all part of The Fall
That should make us more meek and kind

…and blinder to each other’s fault
As we scavenge time’s common vault
Of aches and pains and daisy-lanes
And lesser gods we oft exalt

Where we of mercy’s patient lease
Oft rob ourselves of perfect peace
For we forget the awesome debt
Paid so that life will never cease

This place of grace and needy needs
Where warrior wars and pray-er pleads
Is held by He of sound decree  
Whose boundless love nothing exceeds

© Janet Martin

Romans 8:35-39

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
 Shall trouble or distress or persecution
 or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:
“For Your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, 
neither angels nor principalities, 
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, 
will be able to separate us from the love of God 
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. 
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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