Learning of Christ

Through ages men devised,
a spectrum of belief –
their fears sought something that supplied
a possible relief.

Preoccupied, and rare
to show compassion, love,
for others’ needs to care
and help, assistance give.

But when of Christ they hear,
and see compassion real,
so many vile things disappear
as like concern they feel.

Wives soon their husbands find
to drunkenness less prone,
fathers responsible and kind
support, their work well done.

And women gain respect,
not treated as mere slaves,
so more fulfilled, and can expect
the honest work they crave.
Tune: LM

Faith, Hope, Love … and the greatest of these is love

Faith – believing all God says
is so good, for all his ways
benefit as they are wise;
full salvation he supplies.

Hope secure thus for the way
that encourages each day,
but the most important thing
is the love he came to bring.

For the people he has made
perfect love he has displayed,
and when they his grace receive,
love into their hearts he’ll weave.

And they must and want to strive –
be more like him as they live:
faith’s reality will show
as forbearance, kindness grow.

Tune: 77 77

Do we spread love?

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12

A world of love – for such we long:
but what to do when done a wrong?
With anger will we spread about,
and for full compensation shout?

We may need justice to be done –
fraud, lies or robbery make known,
but still true love can smother sin,
and peace and restoration bring.

Then harmony from quenching strife,
(contagious hate engulfing life);
to live in love can be hard work,
but with God’s help we such won’t shirk.

Tune: LM

On to fifty!

Perseverance hand in hand
through the ups and downs unplanned,
disappointments, joys, all shared,
always knowing we have cared
for each other, understood
when we don’t do what we should.

Note the passage of the years –
‘paper’, ‘crystal’ … each one shares
benefits of loyal vows –
each year quickly comes and goes …
‘silver’, ‘ruby’, on to gold –
look back, view the years unfold.

See the One whose presence held
in our differences, to weld
foolish, wilful souls to one
purpose, ’til the journey’s done,
strengthened so we’d complement.
help each other trust, repent.

Tune: 77 77 77

Close the Gap!

How easily we drift
or take offence at those
we used to care for, growing rift
– it’s hard the gap to close.

Some may be many miles
apart or overseas,
but that’s not what has stilled the smiles
and hindered former ease.

Who was it then to blame?
Don’t really need to know.
Longings remain to see again
how they are faring now.

If there’s a God, what rift
there is between us two,
and only He has got the gift
to draw me near, make new.

The faults are on my side,
– in Christ he can forgive
then help me to be reconciled
with people that I grieve.

Tune: SM

A Song of Love

Arise, uplift my song to God
from whom I have my being,
from whom I draw the stream of life
– my heart from darkness freeing.

Cast off those thoughts that seek to fell
and pull into depression –
helped by that power by which Christ rose
– God’s power of resurrection.

He covenanted to preserve:
to others Christ displaying
through all his nurturing me in love,
by which I’m blessed, obeying.

By grace, I’ll persevere through health
and sickness, honour, scorning.
Although the world and flesh will pull,
he prompts with help and warning.

This was inspired by, and partly based on an old Welsh hymn I read

Tune: 87 87 iambic eg Dominc Regit ‘une of ‘The King of love my Shepherd is’
or Constance 87 87 87 87 iambic tune of ‘I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend’’

Pure Heart (Calon Lan)

Do not long to live in plenty,
life of ease, or worldly fame;
pray a happy heart of beauty,
cleansed from selfishness and shame.

Heart that’s filled with love and goodness –
holy heart is wholly His,
such will ever sing with gladness:
foretaste of eternal bliss.

If I wanted wealth that’s passing
soon it flies, or wastes away;
this I ask brings profit lasting –
sweeten, cleanse my heart each day.

Honest heart I cannot purchase –
mighty Saviour can bestow,
and can daily grant forgiveness,
washing, causing love to grow.

This is based on the Welsh words of  ‘Calon Lân’ by Mr Daniel James
Tune: 87 87 D eg Calon Lân by John Hughes

This is based on the Welsh hymn often sung at Rugby Internationals.
Do they think of the meaning of the words??

Decalogue – Ten Words

Ten facets of love,
ten words that abide
which I love, for they guide
in love horizontal
outflowing and growing
from vertical love
that worships ‘I Am’,
without idol form,
(his name used with care,
and a rest day for prayer):
so, at home, love, respect,
and to neighbours, no hate,
the pledges protect
that seal wedded state,
shun stealing that cheats,
speak truth, not deceits,
no coveting greed,
but thanks for met need –
no flaws in these laws,
though my love is lacking,
failing and cracking,
but Love’s mighty plan,
his grace for us won
and power issues forth
from that love of
incomp’rable worth:
for Jesu’s life shone
with this love, ten-in-one:
incarnate Love-Word.

http://www.abctales.com/story/rhiannonw/decalogue-%E2%80%93-ten-words-ip

on Romans 5:8

Jesus died upon a cross.
Why? What for? for who? for us
we had nothing to commend,
no desire to be God’s friend;
sinners unendearing, no
power to change, to better do –
but his love, great grace procured
through this death that he endured.

He who sent his Son for this,
cleanses, draws, receive his kiss –
he’s then able to preserve,
hold us when we slip or swerve,
mould, prepare us for his heaven –
grace continues when once given.
Is our love like his for us
– reaching out to others thus?

(Tune: 77 77D)

The Ugly and the Beautiful

on Mark 14:1-11
They were filled with venom,
bitter, scheming, sly,
did not like his wisdom,
wanted him to die.

Judas, thief and traitor,
chose to leave, betray,
spurned his Master, Saviour,
turned against his Way.

Beautiful the contrast:
perfume, love, outpoured,
now the scent encompassed,
honouring her Lord.

Rash their rushing judgement:
this was not a waste –
imminent assignment
so immense he faced:

Treatment harsh and vicious
leading to the grave,
though he’d be victorious,
hard his route to save.

Tune: 65 65