H O M E W A R D

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The previous piece, Leaving Home, taken together with this piece, is about as big a ‘nutshell’ as I can cram The Story into from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22… The Creator comes to those He made in His image in and as the person of Jesus, the Christ, to show us the way home.
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A rising sun
A new dawn
The Good Shepherd
With shepherd’s clothing on
Truth
An obedient son
God with us…

Before creation
Heavenly plan
God ordained
That wayward man
Be adopted by
The Heavenly Clan
God purposing us…

A girded towel
Unwashed feet
A shared table
Where the sinful meet
Strangers touched
Upon the street
God for us…

Self-sacrifice
Lamb of God
Offered for
The deeply flawed
Exposes
Our proud façade
God beside us…

Eternal Word
Light Divine
Resurrected
What wondrous sign
Fruit of the Spirit
The bread, the wine
God in us…

Second Adam
Who never fell
Chose the Father
Defeated hell
His church
The risen Lord indwell
God through us…

Tree of life
What blessed scene
Prodigals return
Robes washed clean
Greater love
Has no one seen
God waiting for us…

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.”

–Revelation 22:13-14
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K I N G D O M

The blind, the leprous, and the lame
Sought the Gracious One who came
Stretched forth a hand in dire need
And from redemptive curse were freed
In the Father’s name!

Death and demons—all the same
To the Blessed One who came
And made acquaintance with our grief
Stretched forth a hand and brought relief
In the Father’s name!

And now it falls to followers who
Through faith reborn—created new
To show the world a “kingdom come”
A Father’s will that’s “being done”
“on earth as it is in heaven”

And so we stoop to Christ-like serve
Even those who don’t deserve!
For we ourselves were scattered sheep
Over whom our Lord would weep
In the Father’s name!

If we, like Him, who bore our sorrow
Bring help and hope and new tomorrow
Help them touch the Garment Hem
Why, the Kingdom’s surely come to them
In Jesus’ lovely name!

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Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

–Matthew 6:9-10

“Heal the sick… and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near
to you.’”
–Luke 10:9

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G I F T

a poet’s penitential prayer

Father…

You have blessed and gifted me
To glorify and honor thee
But… the gift unwrapped or little used
Little thought about or mused
Turns to dust before it’s time

Father…

Talents that you (loving!) gave
To serve your kingdom and to save
Can oft lie buried and confined
Within the carnal, careless mind
And serve no one

Father…

You have blessed and gifted all
With giftedness both large and small
Would you our petition hear?
And grant us, Father, minds sincere
Take captive every thought?

Father…

Before you come with trumpet call
Grant repentance to us all
Please hear our humble, earnest plea
And help us use our gifts for thee
And for others in need of you

…in Jesus’ name.

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“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons… But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”

–1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11
–Matthew 25:14-30

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