A Prophet's Calling

When false claims 
To authority were silenced, 
I saw the Lord, high and exalted  
And the glory of His divineness  
Filled up the temple  
The angels covered their eyes 
One cried, “Holy, holy, holy  
Is the Lord of hosts; 
The whole earth is full of His glory!” 
At which the doorposts  
And foundations trembled  
And the place was filled up with smoke 
I said, “Woe is me, for I am undone 
The words I have uttered  
Have made me unclean 
And I dwell in the company  
Of people like me; 
For my eyes have seen   
The LORD of hosts, the King” 
Then an angel flew  
From the altar to me  
And touched my mouth  
With a coal still burning  
Saying to me, “Behold, 
This has touched your lips; 
Your sin’s been removed, 
Your iniquity purged” 
Then the voice of the Lord,  
Spoke and I heard: 
“Whom shall I send  
And who, for Us, will go?” 
I said, “Here am I! Send me” 
And the Lord said to me, “Go, 
Tell the people, for Me: 
Keep on hearing, but don’t understand 
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive 
Make the heart of this people dull 
Their ears heavy, their eyes sealed 
Lest they see and hear  
And know with their heart  
And return and be healed                             
---
Isaiah 6:1-10

Steve Bell

The weary troubadour
confesses, he laments
he's not where, where he wants to be -
better things present
But he sings his songs to waiting ears,
he sings and he tells tales
sharing wisdom he has gleaned
from saints through ancient years
His life pours through the microphone;
the audience receives
the flourish of his fingertips;
he makes us
fully pleased

A glimpse into eternity
when no one counts the time
for we are kin and kindred
in the circle of the divine
---
Inspired by the opening night of Steve Bell's retreat for "Refreshing Christian faith and spiritual tradition for the weary and the wary."


Malachi's Mantra

"I have loved you," 
The Lord Almighty states 
"Though you dishonour Me, 
And show contempt for My great name" 

"I am a gracious King 
I promise life and peace 
To those who turn from their sin 
And My instruction, seek" 

"Follow My ways of justice 
And of faithfulness; 
Do not be like the wicked 
Who fearlessly oppress" 

"Return to Me, who changes not, 
And I will return to you; 
Serve Me with all I've blessed you with 
And you'll see how I treasure you"                           

Psalm 145

I will exalt You, my God and King 
Forever I will praise Your name 
Daily I will praise You 
Forever I'll extol Your name  

Great is the Lord and worthy of praise 
His greatness, no one can grasp 
Each generation commends Your deeds 
They speak of Your mighty acts, 

Of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, 
Of the power of Your awesome works 
I will declare Your great deeds 
And ponder Your wonderful works 

They celebrate Your abundant goodness 
And Your righteousness, they joyfully sing of  
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, 
Slow to anger and so rich in love  

The Lord is good to all, 
Has compassion of all He has made 
Your faithful people extol You, Lord 
And all of Your works give Your praise 

They speak of Your might  
And tell of Your glorious kingdom 
So all may know of Your mighty acts 
And the splendor of Your kingdom 

Yours is an everlasting kingdom 
For all time, Your rule endures 
The Lord is faithful in all He does 
Of His promises, You can be sure                               

The Lord upholds the weak 
And lifts up those who are burdened 
The eyes of all look to You 
And You nourish and sustain them 

You satisfy the desires of all creatures 
The Lord is righteous in all that He does 
He is near to those who call on Him 
Who call on Him, with trust 

He satisfies those who fear Him 
He hears their cries and He saves 
The Lord guards those who love Him 
I will ever speak of His praise                    

A Prophet's Calling

When false claims   To authority were silenced,   I saw the Lord, high and exalted    And the glory of His divineness    ...