Advent #9

12 days until Christmas….

“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Children whisper “12 days till Christmas. ” ….

They whisper it in secret languages packed with tones of wonder. They cannot hold back the excitement and often interrupt those with authority by their zeal for the gifts of Christmas.

Long ago, in the 16th century, a certain group of children of God did the same . But instead of coded whispers they sang a certain song. It was a song of all the gifts they were given in Jesus . And it was sung in code so that none in authority, who knew not the Giver , would hear, lest they be imprisoned , hung and quartered. They sang the song to one another to teach one another and to worship the Lord of all perfect gifts.

I too , had listened to this song many times before and could not hear it. I only heard silly rhymes. But now , now as His child, I hear the great gifts we are Given in The Son of God , our Savior Jesus. And I sing this , not as if it is nonsense ,but as it is ,a secret tongue, a poem of Spirit and Truth. I sing ….

come oh Jesus

Oh Come my true Love

Be to me a partridge …like a hen gathering chicks

… in me your pear TREE

Come with your

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments your letters of Love.

oh Come Jesus with

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and LOVE and you and the Father and the precious Holy Spirit.

oh Come Jesus with

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels that sing the New song in my ear.

Oh Come Jesus with

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, which remind me of my fall from your Love and the manna manifested to save me !!

oh Come Jesus with

6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

Oh Come Jesus with

7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

Oh Come Jesus with

8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes that align and nourish my attitude to be like yours.

oh Come Jesus with

9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit I see so beautifully dancing in your body !

oh Come Jesus with

10 Lords A-leaping = the Ten Commandments that leap within me into obedience to you!

oh Come Jesus with

11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles who lived LIFE to the fullest even unto death!

oh Come Jesus with

12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of the My Creed, The apostles Creed that Centers me before , behind and beneath your cross.

oh Come Jesus with

All your gifts !

And put them in me your TREE!

Advent #8

Isaiah 44, Genesis 3

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath THIS TREE. . .

Does your foot still come to corrupt gardens , does it come crushing bud and head?

Does it come crush double faced flowers and snakes long ago dead?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath my feet. . .

Does your foot still come in snowy fields , does it come where limbs stiffly pray?

Could it come pick me amidst trees that bend and break and sway?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath the dirt. ..

Does your foot still bleed into these roots, does it come where sin and doubt do rot?

Could it soak this evergreen right here and uproot me for your pot?

Come oh Come of Foot of Jesus , please dig me out from this ground. . .

Does your foot still move across the barren, does it move through filth with snow?

Could it bring me to your home of Lights and from your light  would  I glow?

Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus, lift me to the beauty of your arms . .

And carry me carry me to the house of Our Father where I will be a TREE dressed in heavens charms!

“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:8, 14-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/gen.3.8,14-15.kjv

“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:3, 23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.44.3,23.kjv

Advent #7

Isaiah 30

I am a tree in this wilderness way.

I’ve roots that dig and limbs that sway.

Quiet and trust are stakes that keep me above ground.

While men with axes shout “shut up and sit down ”

I keep my leaves still beneath the snow.

I do not move, breathe ,bear fruit or grow.

See My roots fear the depth ,my limbs feign the love …

I wait for YOU TO COME , oh burning breath from Above !

COME , JESUS melt rivers and streams across my trunk and limbs !

Come Lord Jesus and let me be an ever green in you again !!

tell me “Come Follow ” as you axe a different tone

And Speak to me a better word than I have every known ….

I am a tree ,as your psalm and song do say .

I stand with roots grounded and limbs that pray .

Oh come, oh come , Jesus and carry me out of this woods so cold!

Oh come Jesus and set me to love in your house of glory and gold!

““For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.30.15.kjv

And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.30.18.kjv

Advent #6

Last time YOU CAME you left a light so , I will now keep it on!

And around its table I’ll put bright stars

And ornaments to sing my song !

I count the days til we can dance

And YOU COME to hold me in your arms !!

When all these sparkles and spangles of light will be but dim and dusty charms.

And this table where my dough is rolled will be a threshing floor.

Where all the manna that ever was will be risen and restored .

When YOU COME , oh Light of Light,

my light will seem so dim!

But still it will be a light to you ,

because you have lit it here within!

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

John 1:3-5 KJV

http://bible.com/1/jhn.1.3-5.kjv

“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.60.19.kjv

Advent #5

TRUST ….

to step into the ocean of YOUR Love knowing YOU COME rising like a rock beneath my feet.

Isaiah 26

Trust in the LORD forever!

“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.

O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:4-5, 13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.26.4-5,13-14.kjv

Advent #4

When YOU COME dive down here from your high mountain,

Into the tear filled ocean chasm , our dark brackish fountain,

Will YOU COME with arms long outstretched ?

Will you be the swimmer to clutch and save this wretch ?

Will you swim upstream through veils and cloaks ?

Will YOU swallow each death with every stroke ?

Will YOU COME take me to a shore where I will cry no more?

Will YOU COME take me to a shore where I have but you to adore ?

From Isaiah 25

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭25:8, 11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/isa.25.8,11.kjv

Advent #3

Advent # 3

Isaiah 11

When YOU COME with your smarts oh brother To cover all this town

I won’t have to Wonder bout all the grown ups who look at me and frown

When YOU COME back to get me right here in the field and in the park

I won’t need no plows or laterns cause Ill never be digging in the dark

When YOU COME to get me you’ll find me with the kids dressed up and waiting

we will be Playing with lions and lambs all who ain’t wastin time hating

When YOU COME oh brother Jesus with all of your knowledge and smarts

Daddy’s glory will show like He wanted all along from The very start !

Advent #2

Advent #2

Isaiah 2

While brothers rustle hunting for deer….

And sisters hustle hunting for gifts

Isaiah stops to whisper that YOU hide in mountain clefts.

Can YOU see from heights what we feel Below ?

Can YOU stop and see when your eyes go to and fro?

Do YOU see deer shot wounded and we are too?

Do YOU see the gifts are broken and not useful for you?

Could YOU COME oh Jesus and heal us with a drink from your fountain?

Could YOU COME oh Jesus with a perfect gift from the clefts of your mountain?

Could YOU COME to our pasture and restore broken fences?

Could YOU COME ,as Our Father says , sparing none of His expenses?

Oh COME with your rifle of mercy and shoot us aright down!

Then, COME with your wallet of love and buy us a new bridal gown !