When Our Tears Are Dry

Today, I am posting this beautiful poem written by Ghanaian Poet, Kofi Awoonor, who was one of the casualties of the terror attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

When our tears are dry on the shore

And the fishermen carry their nets home

And the sea gulls return to Bird Island…

And the laughter of the children recedes at night

There shall still linger here the communion we forged

The feast of oneness which we partook of

 

There shall still be the eternal gate men

Who will close the cemetery door

And send the late mourners away

It cannot be music we heard that night

That still lingers in the chambers of memory

It is the new chorus of our forgotten comrades

And the hallelujahs of our second selves.

 

By Kofi Awoonor (March 13, 1935 – September 21, 2013)

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Jesus Alone (9/25/13)

He alone is worthy
To worship and adore
The Lamb of God victorious
Our risen Lord.

THE RIVER WALK

Read: Isaiah 45:11-48:11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 24:3-4

Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me. (Isaiah 45:22-23)

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. (Ephesians 4:4-5)

God alone

Relate: I have a book on my shelf called Living Buddha Living Christ by a guy named Thich Nhat Hanh. Now don’t get me wrong, I have huge respect for the author. He has been an active and engaged pacifist who has lived in exile from…

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Soar

by Kelly Athena

You are the universe
No need to rehearse
Jump out of your chair
Tuck flowers in your hair
Leap high in the air
with dazzle and flair
Soar like a bird
that has never heard
the word “no”
Just let go!

ABIDE WITH ME

  1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
  2. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
  3. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
  4. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
  5. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Is God Good All the Time? (Confessions of a former widow)

At times, it is difficult to acknowledge this timeless truth – GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME – but thank God that He never gives up on us and His faithfulness, indeed, endures to a thousand generations.

Dancing On My Ashes

by Heather Spring {Gilion}
(Blog post originally appeared on JCaro.com.)

I cried through most of my twenties.

Who am I kidding? I’m still crying in my thirties, but for very different reasons.
Thirteen years ago, dreams were coming true. I had my college diploma in hand, the handsomest fellow by my side, and a wedding ring on my finger!
“God is good!” said the preacher. “All the time!” said the congregation.

I grew up in a church that said it a lot. We were taught when anyone from the pulpit said, “God is good…” in response, the congregation should echo back with exuberance “All the time!” 

As my life of ease and dreams was on its way to “happily ever after”, I easily joined the echo: Yep, God is good… all the time! (Even if I didn’t chant it out loud, I gave the pastor a good head nod.)

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