The Cutting of Sodom’s Vine
(July 2013)

Poisoned by the paternal past
Void of power to venom cast

Vacant urge to sway its course
Nor knew reason for remorse

Rancor brought to depths of woe
Deceitful heart was tempered so

Held no counsel with hearing ear
Wisdom kept from drawing near

Ever drinking tainted wine
Flowing forth from Sodom’s vine

Consumed within and dying sure
A hopeless soul without a cure

Guilty verdict and judgment due
Wrath awaited its final cue

But mercy mapped a different deal
With sovereign plan to bruise His heal

Penalty paid with costly crown
Given freely by God Sent Down

Futility from the cursed line
Was broken at perfected time

Transfused with blood clean and right
Darkened eyes gave way to sight

Nothing earned but by sheer grace
Was given view with unveiled face

Ever drinking a new found wine
Flowing forth from heaven’s Vine

(Inspired in part from Deut. 32)

Tattered Petals of Glory
(October 2012)

Delicate arms of velvet green
Stretch to meet the golden beams
A carefree blossom with trusting face
Innocence displayed in tender case
Yawning forth, reaching higher
The sun’s gift does life require

Warming rays of carefree cheer
Unsuspecting of evil near
Songs of birds strangely cease
A fearsome roar shatters peace
Thunderous blades of spinning steel
Scared, confused, the PAIN is real

Tattered petals barely dangling
A single bloom left bravely hanging
Scarcely heard with tear-strained cry
Whispers of the question “Why?”
A young life torn, a young life battered
Concludes within “I must not matter”

Life goes on but left with scars
Thoughts of worth are never far
Stooped with burdens of lasting pain
Blooming face looks down with shame

Sudden dawning of new found light
Seeing eyes have new found sight

Creator’s voice from up above
“It is you I made, and you I love”

Face lifted unto majestic skies
Glory beheld with perfected eyes

“Evil had schemed but I thus undo,
Plans of good I have for you”

Realizing then that all along
The life-giving light was never gone
No more anger, no more hate
Her tears are joy at sovereign grace

Going forth, stronger, higher
The Son’s gift does life require.

Remind Me Father
(September 2012)

O’ God, so loving, so gracious
Are Your blessings unto me
To have given such a rare blossom
That I should care for tenderly

‘Twas no doubt a great effort
To permit loan of such a treasure
Your trust in me is staggering
Up to Your standard I pray I measure

She is growing ever more beautiful
And brings pure joy to my heart
A wonderfully creative mind You gave her
Indeed, she is truly smart

But more than any of that O’ God
She has accepted Your beckoning Call
O’ great God I give You praise!
For You are her all in all

What more could a father ask
Than his daughter to dedicate her life
To the advancement of God’s Kingdom
And to faithfully follow Christ

The answer is nothing of course
And for that dear Lord, “Thank You”
But I have another concern
A bit selfish if I may continue

I watch with joyful bewilderment Lord
As each season hurries by
Yesterday she was finger-painting
Today she is learning to drive

Can you slow it down O’ God?
Can you make the years delay?
No, I know that is not Your plan
So I will need You more each day

I fear I am quite inadequate Lord
To complete the task ahead
One day she will leave my guard
And that day I truly dread

My ending prayer is really quite simple
Though I need it more all the time
Remind me Father once again
She was Yours before she was mine.


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