April 9, 2012

Reflections of His Goodness

Reflections 2005Your glory shines,
majestically displayed on earth and sky and waters still,

And heart cries out to Heart, Oh, Source of all this lovely, pure and good.

Your beauty sparks desire unquenchable and moves this heart to seek Your face,

To experience the hush of holy awe, and humbly mirror mercy received.

At times your Light falls gently on life’s waters smooth; unhindered,

Crater Lake reflections - 2005
And Reflector, tho’ in full view, lies cloaked, obscured by image born of Perfect beams.

 At times Your light falls hard upon these surfaces tossed by adverse winds, and

Marred, tho’ then Reflector be,
-- whether from that which lies aloft, or from that which protrudes from murky deep --

Your likeness, even then in shadowed distortion seen, beckons all to search for Beauty True;
                                                                                                        Eternal Light – Eternal Hope; 
                                                                                                        burst forth upon Reflector dimmed;
                                                                                                        Restore, renew, that all might see 
                                                                                                        pure reflections of Your Goodness.


What have you seen today that caused you to reflect on the Goodness of the Lord?

April 7, 2012

Resurrection truth for children

I asked my children's Sunday School class of 4-6 year olds why we celebrate Christmas, and the first thing they shouted was PRESENTS! More recently, I asked them the same question about Easter. Their response -- EASTER EGGS! --- The Easter Bunny!

Wow. That was a jolt! The reality of their understanding opened my eyes to the fact that even among our most faithful, church-attending children, these are their first thoughts about the most precious Christian celebrations and traditions of our faith.

That's why when I saw this idea over at Ministry to Children, I just had to pass it along. I wish I had found it earlier, but it just hit my inbox this morning. I appreciate Bethany Tapp's creativity and hope you find it helpful as you minister to the precious little ones you serve in the body of Christ. If you have a similar tool you use, please leave a comment below. Let's keep working together to establish in our own hearts and in the hearts of our children the foundational truths of our heritage in Christ.

May you celebrate with joy the beauty of new life we have through faith in Jesus Christ as you reflect on the full revelation of God's mercy and grace given to us through the atoning work of the cross.


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