Monday, 17 August 2009

Steeple - Deborah Steinmair

I have this poem in a poetry collection by Deborah Steinmair and it speaks to me every time.


Your church is as old as time
Lonely as the centuries
It lifts my soul to the sky
I lower my eyes

Your church is convenient
Prayer is no longer needed
Mother Mary prays to sweet Jesus for you
And the priest blesses your bread and meat
So you don't even need to say grace at the table

Your church is very fair
You don't even need to go there
All they ask is a monthly down payment on eternal salvation

Your church is high and pretty
And visible on the outside where it counts
Where people can see
The Bible says the real thing is inside

The real thing is hidden in the heart
Where the God who is no longer dead alone sees
The real thing is loving Jesus
Not the picture of a suffering saviour
But close like the breath of a friend
The real thing is a soft heart in your breast
The real thing knows no form or status
No ritual or ancient elegance
The real thing sat down, ate and drank wine
At the table of thieves and freaks and the poor
The real thing is Jesus alive
They would not recognise Him at the church door

Sunday, 09 August 2009

Your mountain

We all have mountains in our lives...and yet Jesus said:

Mark 11:22-24
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.
But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

Today I read about the awesome anger and/or Presence of the Lord.
In His presence even a mountain can melt like candle wax.
Maybe even...
your mountain.

Amos 9:5
The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
touches the land and it

Micah 1:4
The mountains
melt beneath his feet
and flow into the valleys like wax in a fire,
like water pouring down a hill.

Isaiah 64:1-2
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would
quake in your presence!
As fire causes wood to
burn and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations
Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!

Psalm 97:2-5
Dark clouds surround him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire spreads ahead of him and
burns up all his foes.
His lightning flashes out across the world.
The earth sees and
mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

Nahum 1:5-6
In his presence the mountains
and the hills
melt away;
the earth
and its people are destroyed.
Who can stand before his fierce anger?
Who can survive his burning fury?
His rage blazes forth like fire,
and the mountains
crumble to dust in his presence.

*New Living Translation (NLT)