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.


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

God’s Saving Love

Amazing, awesome, wonderful
is God’s unspotted love.
Its span we cannot fathom,
its greatness far above
mere human understanding –
a love that’s not concealed,
for he has demonstrated
his love intense, revealed.

Amazing, awesome, wonderful –
the love that God has shown.
He showed his love by sending
his one and only Son;
and to our world he sent him, –
a world at enmity,
so hostile to its Maker,
and love and purity.

And we should love each other,
and show our love, reveal
in word and deed unselfish,
the love the ransomed feel.
Love brethren, – saints imperfect, –
though in this hostile world,
upon those who are loving,
scorn, insults may be hurled.

True love can reach an enemy,
can touch a heart like stone,
can melt its opposition,
for few such love have known.
A rebel’s heart may soften
to listen to God’s Word
when shown concern and kindness
by him from whom its heard.

Amazing, awesome, wonderful –
the love that we should show
if God lives in us, loving,
and Jesus Christ we know,
reborn and recreated to
righteousness and love,
by loving people showing
we love our God above.

The pattern of our love

cf 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind,
never purposefully blind,
tastes ridicule and rebuff,
but has no pretence, or bluff,
hypocrisy or discontent,
and no envious intent,
won’t to jealousy give in,
is not proud, or centred in
‘me’, will not show off, or boast,
not self-seeking, grabbing most;
love’s not rude, and does not brood,
is not quickly drawn to anger,
does not delight to point the finger,
tries past hurts to ‘not remember’,
isn’t pleased with evil, slander,
glad of truth, and works for good,
perseveres, protects, – love should
always be like this, but we
often fail so miserably.

Being Loving

(1 Timothy 1:5–7)
Love will grow from what foundation?
from a heart without pollution,
from a conscience cleansed and clear,
and a faith that’s true, sincere;

this the goal of our Redeemer, –
love, that makes us like our Saviour.

Prattling tongues and fervent folly,
sounding spiritual, but empty,
vain and meaningless, no profit,
– oh, that they would think, and stop it,

for they don’t know much about it,
though they confidently shout it.