The Beauty of the Ashes: Search Me O God

Search Me O God O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. Psalm 69:6 There are many wise sayings attributed to Abraham Lincoln. One of the most common is this: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: A Change of Position

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6 Repentance is a major theme of the season of Lent. One of the best ways for me to show my repentance before God is to change my position. Yes, I mean literally change my position before Him. …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: Rainy Days and Mondays

Remember your word to your servant, because you have given me hope. This is my comfort in my trouble, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:49-50 “Hangin around, nothin to do but frown, rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Back in 1971, Karen Carpenter sang these words to the top of the …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: A Poem for the beginning of Lent

For the beauty of the Ashes, For the glory they once revealed, In these no words could ever capture, God’s highest work in me He sealed.   For the beauty of the love that fills the world, Even though in anguish with devils filled, Let not my heart ere be defeated, For all is thus, …

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